Keeping Quiet . . .In a World Gone Mad

April 17, 2013 Book Talk 11


Keeping Quiet


Now we will count to twelve
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

Now I’ll count up to twelve
and you keep quiet and I will go.

by Pablo Neruda


Love and light to all those who suffered this week ~ whether in the bombings in Boston, oppression in North Korea, never-ending wars in the Middle East or something on an even more personal level.  My heart goes out to you.



11 Responses to “Keeping Quiet . . .In a World Gone Mad”

  1. zibilee

    Oh wow. That was such a moving post, and I love that you shared it here. We do need this, so, so badly. Neruda captures it in such a heartfelt way. So beautiful.

    • Stacy

      awww, thank you Heather! Neruda is my favorite poet and this poem just seemed appropriate for the moment. Thanks again 🙂

  2. Susan Michael Barrett

    I easily still looking at that photo. Quiet. I’m practicing. Thank you.

    And…I’m taking Liv Lane’s BBTL eCourse and while reading a lesson about blogs she loves, I found that I shared my favorites in the comment section when it was originally posted. And you replied! So, I found you and your blog. The circle of friendship is amazing!

  3. Stacy

    Thank you Juju! I love Pablo Nerudo ~ he has such a talent for writing about the tough subjects

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