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Pablo Neruda (Chilean)

from To Live One Hundred Years Those one hundred years I lived one body to the next, from war to war, drinking the blood of the books, of the newspapers, of the television, of the house, of the train, of the spring, of the Spain of my sorrows. I asked myself so many questions that … Continued

from To Live One Hundred Years

Those one hundred years I lived

one body to the next, from war to war,

drinking the blood of the books,

of the newspapers, of the

television, of the house,

of the train, of the spring,

of the Spain of my sorrows.

I asked myself so many questions

that I went to live at the shore

of the heroic and simultaneous sea,

and i threw the answers into the water

to avoid fighting with anyone,

until I asked no more

and out of an entire century of death

I set myself the task of listening to what it says,

the sea, which says nothing to me.

World’s End translated from the Spanish with an introduction by William O’Daly (Copper Canyon Press, 2009).

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