Goethe’s Words, A Poem and A Painting

09 Dec

1   “Every day one should at least hear one little song, read one good poem, see one fine painting and speak a few sensible words” Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe.

I’ve given you the song in Meme’s blog and here’s a poem that I love followed by a fine painting . Goethe’s own words are the sensible ones for today.

2   Don’t Go Far Off by Pablo Neruda

Don’t go far off, not even for a day, because —
because — I don’t know how to say it: a day is long
and I will be waiting for you, as in an empty station
when the trains are parked off somewhere else, asleep.

Don’t leave me, even for an hour, because
then the little drops of anguish will all run together,
the smoke that roams looking for a home will drift
into me, choking my lost heart.

Oh, may your silhouette never dissolve on the beach;
may your eyelids never flutter into the empty distance.
Don’t leave me for a second, my dearest,

because in that moment you’ll have gone so far
I’ll wander mazily over all the earth, asking,
Will you come back? Will you leave me here, dying?

3    This beautiful water colour by Oliver Bedford LRIBA, BWS, SGA  1902 – 1977 is of Pill Creek which I posted photos of yesterday.

Pill Creek by Oliver Bedford

Pill Creek by Oliver Bedford


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12 responses to “Goethe’s Words, A Poem and A Painting

  1. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    December 12, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    That is a lovely watercolour – so very delicate, feint. Almost illusory…

  2. thoughtsontheatre

    December 11, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Beautiful! Neruda will forever remain one of my favorites.

  3. childtasticbooks

    December 9, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    The Goethe quote is very thought-provoking and also worthwhile. How important it is to do such small but important things on a daily basis. And Neruda is a wonderful poet. We had one of his poems as a reading at our wedding, read in Spanish.

    • mybeautfulthings

      December 9, 2012 at 8:40 pm

      That’s lovely. Which one was it? 🙂

      • childtasticbooks

        December 9, 2012 at 8:47 pm

        It was Sonnet XVII from Cien Sonetos de Amor – – this link has the Spanish and English translation. I studied Spanish as my first degree so it meant a lot to me, plus my wonderful cousin lives in Spain and is fluent in Spanish so she did the reading perfectly. 🙂 Oh and she’s from Cornwall originally – coincidentally!

        • mybeautfulthings

          December 9, 2012 at 8:51 pm

          I didn’t know that one. How very lovely and to have it read in Spanish – very special indeed. Thank you for that 🙂 I wonder where in Cornwall your cousin came from. Another coincidence – my son lives and teaches in Spain, in Barcelona. 🙂

  4. Choc Chip Uru

    December 9, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    I really liked the arty twist on this post 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

  5. hjbryant

    December 9, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Loved the poem and the watercolour is so calm and beautiful. Thank you for them


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