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Keeping Quiet May 4, 2010

Posted by Chetan Chitre in Poetry.
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Keeping Quiet

– by Pablo Neruda

Now we will count to twelve

and we will all keep still.

This one time upon the earth,

let’s not speak any language,

let’s stop for a second,

and not move our arms so much.

It would be a delicious moment,

without hurry, without engines,

all of us would be together

in a sudden uneasiness.

. . .

What I want shouldn’t be confused

with final inactivity:

life alone is what matters,

I want nothing to do with death.

If we weren’t unanimous

about keeping our lives so much in motion,

if we could do nothing for once,

perhaps a great silence would

interrupt this sadness,

this never understanding ourselves

and threatening ourselves with death,

perhaps the earth is teaching us

when everything seems to be dead

and then everything is alive.

Now I will count to twelve

and you keep quiet and I’ll go.

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