Longing with Pablo Neruda

In Jamaica we don’t have spring. I miss the changing seasons. It is very warm and Kingston’s drought still hasn’t broken. But I thought I would share this beautiful photograph and quote for Good Friday evening, for a little freshness and beauty. I just finished reading “The Neruda Case,” a delightful novel by Roberto Ampuero in which the poet plays a pivotal role. My review of the book is coming up shortly…



“I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees.”

– Pablo Neruda, Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair

© Photo: Julie Skotte,  Nature photographer of the year 2012 in Denmark.
Blog: fotofabler.dk  Website: julieskotte.com

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8 thoughts on “Longing with Pablo Neruda

  1. I know what you mean about missing the changing seasons – I’m beginning to miss them too, and have to admit September 2013 will be a special springtime experience for me! Dina’s photograph is gorgeous, isn’t it, with the snail and the blossoms, but my mind is boggling at what it is Neruda imagines doing … 🙂


    1. Springtime in September? Oh yes, of course… I loved September/October in England, just reveled in the autumn colors and the whole atmosphere of slow decay and the end of summer. I must post some more of the many photos I took! I have just finished reading a wonderful novel in which Neruda was the pivotal character – ‘The Neruda Case.’ He was apparently quite the ladies’ men, had numerous passionate and often overlapping affairs! Which apparently inspired much of his poetry… 🙂 I was wondering, too…


      1. He led such a fantastic life, didn’t he? I suppose being posted around some of the more exotic spots of the world made a colourful life even more so, not to mention the imagery he could draw on 🙂


      2. Yes, he did! Full of adventure. But there is a kind of melancholy about him in this book – the writer, at least, imagines that he had regrets in his old age. And the writer actually grew up just a stone’s throw from the poet’s house!


      3. I’m not surprised to hear about melancholy and regrets – he was a loner and I think, especially at the end of our lives, the ramifications of not leading a more conventional life become apparent – and loneliness is probably one of most obvious.


      4. Yes, there was this great melancholy about him. He was also very unhappy because Chile and all that he believed in (socialism etc) was crumbling around him. He certainly did not lead a conventional life – and all the women! But he was married at the time; his wife Matilde was very much in the background in the book “The Neruda Case” which I reviewed a few days ago…


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