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Enigmas Analysis

Author: poem of Pablo Neruda Type: poem Views: 7

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You've asked me what the lobster is weaving there with

        his golden feet?

I reply, the ocean knows this.

You say, what is the ascidia waiting for in its transparent

        bell? What is it waiting for?

I tell you it is waiting for time, like you.

You ask me whom the Macrocystis alga hugs in its arms?

Study, study it, at a certain hour, in a certain sea I know.

You question me about the wicked tusk of the narwhal,

        and I reply by describing

how the sea unicorn with the harpoon in it dies.

You enquire about the kingfisher's feathers,

which tremble in the pure springs of the southern tides?

Or you've found in the cards a new question touching on

        the crystal architecture

of the sea anemone, and you'll deal that to me now?

You want to understand the electric nature of the ocean


     The armored stalactite that breaks as it walks?

     The hook of the angler fish, the music stretched out

     in the deep places like a thread in the water?


     I want to tell you the ocean knows this, that life in its

        jewel boxes

     is endless as the sand, impossible to count, pure,

     and among the blood-colored grapes time has made the


     hard and shiny, made the jellyfish full of light

     and untied its knot, letting its musical threads fall

     from a horn of plenty made of infinite mother-of-pearl.

     I am nothing but the empty net which has gone on ahead

     of human eyes, dead in those darknesses,

     of fingers accustomed to the triangle, longitudes

     on the timid globe of an orange.

     I walked around as you do, investigating

     the endless star,

     and in my net, during the night, I woke up naked,

     the only thing caught, a fish trapped inside the wind.

Translated by Robert Bly


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We as creatures in a great and mysterious universe, are always filled with questions.

| Posted on 2012-08-25 | by a guest

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what the heck? Who r u? nvm i dont even WANT to no. weirdness.

| Posted on 2009-05-10 | by a guest

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Grace i go 2 ur school and like u u r cule and pretty. hehehehehehe see u monday!

| Posted on 2009-05-10 | by a guest

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This poem shows that Pablo is very wise and does not make himself look through the eyes of God. He is talking about all the mysteries of life and makes a very well writtenn poem! =)
~Grace D~

| Posted on 2009-05-10 | by a guest

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