“Everything Exists in the Word…”

“It’s the words that sing, they soar and descend… I bow to them… I love them, I cling to them, I run them down, I bite into them, I melt them down… I love words so much… The unexpected ones… The ones I wait for greedily or stalk until, suddenly, they drop… Vowels I love… They glitter like colored stones, they leap like silver fish, they are foam, thread, metal, dew… I run after certain words… They are so beautiful that I want to fit them all into my poem… I catch them in midflight, as they buzz past, I trap them, clean them, peel them, I set myself in front of the dish, they have a crystalline texture to me, vibrant, ivory, vegetable, oily, like fruit, like algae, like gates, like olives… And I stir them, I shake them, I drink them, I gulp them down, I mash them, I garnish them, I let them go… I leave them in my poem like stalactites, like slivers of polished wood, like coals, pickings from a shipwreck, gifts from the waves… Everything exists in the word…

Replace poem with Stories... and, my Wicked Darlings, Neruda is telling you how your Witch feels about storytelling and fiction.
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From Memoirs by Pablo Neruda (NY: Penguin, 1974), p. 53.

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10 comments:

  1. I love the visual images the writing invokes, it makes it come alive. Stories that do that are the ones that say in the heart.

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  2. that was beautiful. It's how I feel about reading. :)

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  4. Now that's enthusiastic...

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  5. I don't consider myself a writer but I do love the feeling when I pen a well turned phrase.

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  6. I love the words that are sculptural and visual the best. The form the images in my mind and live there for a long, long time!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  7. This is absolutely beautiful! What a visual treat.

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  8. Wow, that is a beautiful description of the love of words and poems. I want to learn that as a monologue.

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  9. I love the words that are sculptural and visual the best. The form the images in my mind and live there for a long, long time!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  10. I love the visual images the writing invokes, it makes it come alive. Stories that do that are the ones that say in the heart.

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