Why such harsh machinery?Why, to write down the stuffand people of every day,must poems be dressed up in gold,in old and fearful stone?I want verses of felt or featherwhich scarcely weigh, mild verseswith the intimacy of bedswhere people have loved and dreamed.I want poems stainedby hands and everydayness.Verses of pastry which meltinto milk and sugar in the mouth,air and water to drink,the bites and kisses of love.I long for eatable sonnets,poems of honey and flour.Vanity keeps prodding usto lift ourselves skywardor to make deep and uselesstunnels underground.So we forget the joyouslove-needs of our bodies.We forget about pastries.We are not feeding the world.—Pablo Neruda, “Sweetness, always”Photography Credit Bruce Mozert

Why such harsh machinery?
Why, to write down the stuff
and people of every day,
must poems be dressed up in gold,
in old and fearful stone?

I want verses of felt or feather
which scarcely weigh, mild verses
with the intimacy of beds
where people have loved and dreamed.
I want poems stained
by hands and everydayness.

Verses of pastry which melt
into milk and sugar in the mouth,
air and water to drink,
the bites and kisses of love.
I long for eatable sonnets,
poems of honey and flour.

Vanity keeps prodding us
to lift ourselves skyward
or to make deep and useless
tunnels underground.
So we forget the joyous
love-needs of our bodies.
We forget about pastries.
We are not feeding the world.

Pablo Neruda, “Sweetness, always”
Photography Credit Bruce Mozert

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