Pablo Neruda

(12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973 / Parral / Chile)

‘in The Wave-Strike Over Unquiet Stones’ - Poem by Pablo Neruda

In the wave-strike over unquiet stones
the brightness bursts and bears the rose
and the ring of water contracts to a cluster
to one drop of azure brine that falls.
O magnolia radiance breaking in spume,
magnetic voyager whose death flowers
and returns, eternal, to being and nothingness:
shattered brine, dazzling leap of the ocean.
Merged, you and I, my love, seal the silence
while the sea destroys its continual forms,
collapses its turrets of wildness and whiteness,
because in the weft of those unseen garments
of headlong water, and perpetual sand,
we bear the sole, relentless tenderness.


Comments about ‘in The Wave-Strike Over Unquiet Stones’ by Pablo Neruda

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (11/24/2015 3:01:00 AM)

    “In the Wave-Strike Over Unquiet Stones”, expresses how romantic love fades. Like the waves of the ocean, Neruda expresses romantic love ebbing and flowing. [Tambl] (Report) Reply

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  • Colleen Courtney (6/7/2014 4:10:00 AM)

    Beautifully written and gorgeous imagery invoked by this brilliant write! (Report) Reply

  • Brian Jani Brian Jani (4/27/2014 2:17:00 AM)

    Awesome I like this poem, check mine out  (Report) Reply

  • Usha Ramani Usha Ramani (3/7/2014 3:42:00 AM)

    we bear the sole, relentless tenderness: How profound! ! (Report) Reply

  • Patricia Saunders (1/27/2014 9:40:00 PM)

    I really regret Pablo Neruda's death, the more poems he could have written! (Report) Reply

  • Alexander Opicho Alexander Opicho (12/2/2013 4:29:00 AM)

    we bear the sole, relentless tenderness- -my best line (Report) Reply

  • Alexander Opicho Alexander Opicho (12/2/2013 4:29:00 AM)

    we bear the sole, relentless tenderness- -my best line (Report) Reply

  • Linda Vazquez (10/7/2011 8:19:00 PM)

    So much here but I especially like the phrase ' collapses its turrets of wildness and whiteness'. (Report) Reply

  • Fubara Benstowe (1/14/2011 5:08:00 PM)

    Amazing and beautiful, he painted his love in a very sweet voice of creativity (Report) Reply

  • Bruce Gatten (12/31/2010 4:11:00 PM)

    Poems such as this literally take my breath away...such exquisite imagery, staggering yet reveals another aspect of nature & love; Neruda is such a beautiful poet, sane and perceptive, sober yet taken with divine eloquence... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 22, 2010



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