Deprecated: Function set_magic_quotes_runtime() is deprecated in /home/writers/public_html/poems/index.php on line 38

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/writers/public_html/poems/lib/safehtml/safehtml.php on line 608

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/writers/public_html/poems/lib/safehtml/HTMLSax3.php on line 161

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/writers/public_html/poems/lib/safehtml/HTMLSax3.php on line 163

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/writers/public_html/poems/lib/safehtml/HTMLSax3.php on line 164

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/writers/public_html/poems/lib/safehtml/HTMLSax3.php on line 165

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/writers/public_html/poems/lib/safehtml/HTMLSax3.php on line 167

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/writers/public_html/poems/lib/safehtml/HTMLSax3.php on line 168

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/writers/public_html/poems/lib/safehtml/HTMLSax3.php on line 169

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/writers/public_html/poems/lib/safehtml/HTMLSax3.php on line 244

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/writers/public_html/poems/lib/safehtml/HTMLSax3.php on line 251

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/writers/public_html/poems/lib/safehtml/HTMLSax3.php on line 260

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/writers/public_html/poems/lib/safehtml/HTMLSax3.php on line 267

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/writers/public_html/poems/lib/safehtml/HTMLSax3.php on line 274

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/writers/public_html/poems/lib/safehtml/HTMLSax3.php on line 281

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/writers/public_html/poems/lib/safehtml/HTMLSax3.php on line 289

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/writers/public_html/poems/lib/safehtml/HTMLSax3.php on line 486

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/writers/public_html/poems/lib/safehtml/HTMLSax3.php on line 488

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/writers/public_html/poems/lib/safehtml/HTMLSax3.php on line 490

Deprecated: Function split() is deprecated in /home/writers/public_html/poems/core.php on line 281

Deprecated: Function ereg_replace() is deprecated in /home/writers/public_html/poems/core.php on line 179

Deprecated: Function ereg_replace() is deprecated in /home/writers/public_html/poems/core.php on line 180

Deprecated: Function ereg_replace() is deprecated in /home/writers/public_html/poems/code/articlems.php(102) : eval()'d code on line 3

Deprecated: Function ereg_replace() is deprecated in /home/writers/public_html/poems/code/articlems.php(102) : eval()'d code on line 4

Deprecated: Function split() is deprecated in /home/writers/public_html/poems/core.php on line 1433
Nothing But Death - Poem By Pablo Neruda - Read Classic Poetry Online

Classic Poetry

 »  You're Here: Classics Home » Pablo-neruda » Nothing But Death

Nothing But Death

Poem By: Pablo Neruda   |   Views: 1289   |   Word Count: 338   |   View PDF   |   Print View

  


There are cemeteries that are lonely,
graves full of bones that do not make a sound,
the heart moving through a tunnel,
in it darkness, darkness, darkness,
like a shipwreck we die going into ourselves,
as though we were drowning inside our hearts,
as though we lived falling out of the skin into the soul.

And there are corpses,
feet made of cold and sticky clay,
death is inside the bones,
like a barking where there are no dogs,
coming out from bells somewhere, from graves somewhere,
growing in the damp air like tears of rain.

Sometimes I see alone
coffins under sail,
embarking with the pale dead, with women that have dead hair,
with bakers who are as white as angels,
and pensive young girls married to notary publics,
caskets sailing up the vertical river of the dead,
the river of dark purple,
moving upstream with sails filled out by the sound of death,
filled by the sound of death which is silence.

Death arrives among all that sound
like a shoe with no foot in it, like a suit with no man in it,
comes and knocks, using a ring with no stone in it, with no
finger in it,
comes and shouts with no mouth, with no tongue, with no
throat.
Nevertheless its steps can be heard
and its clothing makes a hushed sound, like a tree.

I'm not sure, I understand only a little, I can hardly see,
but it seems to me that its singing has the color of damp violets,
of violets that are at home in the earth,
because the face of death is green,
and the look death gives is green,
with the penetrating dampness of a violet leaf
and the somber color of embittered winter.

But death also goes through the world dressed as a broom,
lapping the floor, looking for dead bodies,
death is inside the broom,
the broom is the tongue of death looking for corpses,
it is the needle of death looking for thread.

Death is inside the folding cots:
it spends its life sleeping on the slow mattresses,
in the black blankets, and suddenly breathes out:
it blows out a mournful sound that swells the sheets,
and the beds go sailing toward a port
where death is waiting, dressed like an admiral.
 

If you enjoyed this famous poem, rate it! Currently Rated: 3.00

 
About the Author Pablo Neruda (July 12, 1904–September 23, 1973) whose real name is Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto, was born on 12 July, 1904, in the town of Parral in Chile. His father was a railway employee and his mother, who died shortly after his birth, a teacher... Read Pablo Neruda's Full Biography  
 
 
More Poems By Pablo Neruda
 + View All Pablo Neruda Poems