Keeping Quiet

I feel lazy posting words other than my own, but first, the last weeks have been very full at work, second, I’m tired and third, I’m choosing words by people whose wisdom and eloquence inspires me. And I hope you. So today, Keeping Quiet by Pablo Neruda.

Now we will count to twelve

forest path ©VSpain

and we will all keep still

for once on the face of the earth,

let’s not speak in any language;

let’s stop for a second,

and not move our arms so much.

It would be an exotic moment

without rush, without engines;

we would all be together

in a sudden strangeness.

 

Fishermen in the cold sea

would not harm whales

and the man gathering salt

would not look at his hurt hands.

Those who prepare green wars,

wars with gas, wars with fire,

victories with no survivors,

would put on clean clothes

and walk about with their brothers

in the shade, doing nothing.

 

What I want should not be confused
with total inactivity.

Life is what it is about…

 

If we were not so single-minded

about keeping our lives moving,

and for once could do nothing,

perhaps a huge silence

might interrupt this sadness

of never understanding ourselves

and of threatening ourselves with
death.

 

Now I’ll count up to twelve

and you keep quiet and I will go.

                            ~Pablo Neruda

 

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