Poetry: An Excerpt from 'Too Many Names' by Pablo Neruda

[40 years ago today Chilean poet Pablo Neruda passed away (12 days after Chile's 9/11). Some say he died of a broken heart. Below an excerpt from his poem 'Too Many Names'.]

"This means to say that scarcely
have we landed into life
than we come as if new-born;
let us not fill our mouths
with so many faltering names,
with so many sad formalities,
with so many pompous letters,
with so much of yours and mine,
with so much of signing of papers.

I have a mind to confuse things,
unite them, bring them to birth,
mix them up, undress them,
until the light of the world
has the oneness of the ocean,
a generous, vast wholeness,
a crepitant fragrance."

http://www.poetry-chaikhana.com/N/NerudaPablo/TooManyNames.htm

http://spanishpoems.blogspot.co.uk/2005/05/pablo-neruda-demasiados-nombr...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pablo_Neruda

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