Cygnets, Cosmos and Pablo Neruda

31 May

What a delightful sight today as we were singing – cygnets on the river!  Aren’t they lovely?

Cygnets on the Penryn River

We have planted lots of Cosmos which we do every year. This year they are a special reminder of our holiday in South Africa though we didn’t see any yellow ones while away.

Yellow Cosmos

This poem from Pablo Neruda is new to me and I like it very much.

You start dying slowly
if you do not travel,
if you do not read,
If you do not listen to the sounds of life,
If you do not appreciate yourself.

You start dying slowly
When you kill your self-esteem;
When you do not let others help you.

You start dying slowly
If you become a slave of your habits,
Walking everyday on the same paths…
If you do not change your routine,
If you do not wear different colours
Or you do not speak to those you don’t know.

You start dying slowly
If you avoid to feel passion
And their turbulent emotions;
Those which make your eyes glisten
And your heart beat fast.

You start dying slowly
If you do not change your life when you are not satisfied with your job, or with your love,
If you do not risk what is safe for the uncertain,
If you do not go after a dream,
If you do not allow yourself,
At least once in your lifetime,
To run away from sensible advice…


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4 responses to “Cygnets, Cosmos and Pablo Neruda

  1. Heyjude

    June 1, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Great poem! Love cygnets – I used to watch a pair of swans on the river when I lived in Ludlow, one year they had 7 babies!

  2. valeriedavies

    June 1, 2018 at 12:04 am

    Love all white flowers… and what a wonderful poem by Pablo Neruda … have read it several times, and have now copied it it… too wonderful to lose… especially the last verse to which my mind and spirit said yes, yes, yes !!!

  3. Arkenaten

    May 31, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    I see you have been swanning about again? Hmmm …

    Even though it is getting pretty chilly, we still have cosmos popping up along the driveway – including a few white/yellow ones like yours.
    I shall have to post a photo or two for you.


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