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we are the blossoms "

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Births by Pablo Neruda

October 16th, 2012
Births by Pablo Neruda

We will never have any memory of dying.

We were so patient
about our being,
noting down
numbers, days,
years and months,
hair, and the mouths we kiss,
and that moment of dying
we let pass without a note—
we leave it to others as memory,
or we leave it simply to water,
to water, to air, to time.
Nor do we even keep
the memory of being born,
although to come into being was tumultuous and new;
and now you don’t remember a single detail
and haven’t kept even a trace
of your first light.

It’s well known that we are born.

It’s well known that in the room
or in the wood
or in the shelter in the fishermen’s quarter
or in the rustling canefields
there is a quite unusual silence,
a grave and wooden moment as
a woman prepares to give birth.

It’s well known that we were all born.

But of that abrupt translation
from not being to existing, to having hands,
to seeing, to having eyes,
to eating and weeping and overflowing
and loving and loving and suffering and suffering,
of that transition, that quivering
of an electric presence, raising up
one body more, like a living cup,
and of that woman left empty,
the mother who is left there in her blood
and her lacerated fullness,
and its end and its beginning, and disorder
tumbling the pulse, the floor, the covers
till everything comes together and adds
one knot more to the thread of life,
nothing, nothing remains in your memory
of the savage sea which summoned up a wave
and plucked a shrouded apple from the tree.

The only thing you remember is your life.

– Pablo Neruda

(from “Fully Empowered”, translation of “Plenos Poderes” 1962)

Babies Know

October 16th, 2012

Kampa Park, Babies by David Černý at the Kampa Museum, Czech Republic

A friend and her colleagues have developed the Babies Know project. I’ve just seen the website, and it looks really interesting. How we relate to our babies (inner and outer!) forms one of the foundation stones of who we become in the world, and so it makes great sense to give this relationship care and attention. Remarkably it gets very little of this in our world, and the Babies Know project is redressing this balance. Have a look at their website: www.babiesknow.com