Featured Poem: When I Decided to Clarify My Life

By Pablo Neruda

When I decided to clarify my life

and, hand by hand, to seek out misfortune

by throwing the dice,

I met the woman who accompanies me

everywhere and at all hours,

in clouds and in silence.

Matilde is the one

who answers to this name

from Chillan

and even if it rains

or thunders or rises,

the day with blue hair

or the slender night,

she is the one,

who goes and goes,

ready for my body,

for the space of my body,

opening all the windows to the sea

so that the written word flies off,

so that the furniture fills

with silent signals,

with green fire.