Tag Archives: Poetry

Something that makes me smile :)

4 Jan


Love Sonnet XVII by Pablo Neruda
I do not love you as if you were a salt rose, or topaz
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul. 

I love you as the plant that never blooms

but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;

thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
So I love you because I know no other way

than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.

This image and poem always guarantees to bring a smile to my face.  So simple, so beautiful.
( Image: Lions Head to Head, Masai Mara 2008, Nick Brandt -taken from A Shadow Falls 2009)

The Gilded Cage

25 Oct


The bird did sing with joyful voice
inside his gilded cage
he trilled and thrilled with happiness
forever and an age

I contemplated little bird
each day as I walked by
wondered why his joy profound
yet locked up in a cage

I thought about it quite awhile
and then the light did shine
he never saw that he was caged
for him his life was fine

The cage for him was his dear world
the one where he was free
in truth it was his state of mind
which allowed him just to be

With grateful heart this little bird
did sing each day with glee
his gilded cage protected him
yet in it he was free

What a joy to watch his life
each day as I walked by
one morning then this little bird
I saw that he did die

My heart was sad but soon I saw
his job on earth was done
and now he’d gone to places high
his victory had been won

I bless this little bird of mine
who shone the light of day
upon this heart and soul of mine
in truth he was the way

©Elizabeth A Feisst 2006