Ode to the sea



* Ralph Fiennes reads Pablo Neruda’s poem, Ode to the Sea


Here surrounding the island,
There΄s sea.
But what sea?
It΄s always overflowing.
Says yes,
Then no,
Then no again,
And no,
Says yes
In blue
In sea spray
Says no
And no again.
It can΄t be still.
It stammers
My name is sea.

It slaps the rocks
And when they aren΄t convinced,
Strokes them
And soaks them
And smothers them with kisses.

With seven green tongues
Of seven green dogs
Or seven green tigers
Or seven green seas,
Beating its chest,
Stammering its name,

Oh Sea,
This is your name.
Oh comrade ocean,
Don΄t waste time
Or water
Getting so upset
Help us instead.
We are meager fishermen,
Men from the shore
Who are hungry and cold
And you΄re our foe.
Don΄t beat so hard,
Don΄t shout so loud,
Open your green coffers,
Place gifts of silver in our hands.
Give us this day our daily fish.


– Ode to the Sea by Pablo Neruda


16 comments on “Ode to the sea

  1. 25pesocupnoodles says:

    ganda naman, may naalala akong isang pangako. 🙂 ikaw meron din ba?

    • hello, Cup. at ano ang pangakong naalala mo, kapatid? ahihi, wala naman. mahilig lang ako sadya sa dagat-dagat. wala kasing big body of water sa hometown namin. soon as i got old and whenever pwede, punta parati sa beach, nood ng dagat, hihi. kumusta ka? 🙂

  2. nadia says:

    At the beginning, medyo may confusion (sometimes yes, and then no pala), then right afterwards naging PG-18, haha.

    But the last few lines are beautiful.

    • ahaha, hamo, sasabihin ko kay Lolo Pablo Neruda ang feedback mo sa kanyang poem, Nadia. 🙂 most of his poems are magaganda, dear. may isa pa akong gusto, Leaning Into the Afternoon ata ang title? basta yong poem nya na sights and sounds na nasalubong one afternoon that he took a walk…

      yes, they are beautiful. thanks for dropping by and the appreciation. 🙂

  3. This is beautiful, especially Ralph Fiennes reading of it. Oceans seem to be a theme on the brain this week, as I go around the blogosphere… I hope that means something good.

    • hello, Alarna… thanks, glad you liked it. really? lots of bloggers are into oceans lately? hohoho. me, am a certified fan of the ocean, true… 😉 haven’t had the time to bloghop recently, i’ll go check the recent articles. thanks for the reminder, hope things are well on your end… 🙂

  4. Super thought ,life giving to the millions are the oceans .Thank you for stopping by.Have a wonderful week.jalal

  5. ladyfi says:

    So gorgeous! I love Neruda’s poetry.

  6. ceriserose says:

    Hi my dear San… Hope you are doing good ! Just glance an eye on TV and I had news about quake shakes over there… I felt like… I don’t know how to express my feelings. After a flood, people are still suffering about it, then quake shakes comes along to complete the board… I’m so sorry about this, hope you are well relatives and friends too. Give some news please.
    I know you can keep smile no matter what… Take care. Kisses… Cherry

    • hey, Cherry… many thanks for your concern and kind words. yes, that quake was one of the worst that hit us in decades. it happened in Bohol and Cebu, far from where i live so we’re safe. the situation there is still bad, what with the unrelenting rain and the difficulty of rescue and relief operation. we have many volcanoes, over here, quakes are common, like storms. it’s good that that quake isn’t followed by a tsunami… Bohol is a top tourist destination, famous for its pristine waters and nice beaches. i hope that people from the area can survive this episode with fortitude and grace. still, it is sad… many thanks for your consoling words, dear. warm regards… 🙂

      • ceriserose says:

        Oooh I’m Sad about all this : those who lost their life and all personal belongings. May the almighty God continue to console them ! That’s good, you keep smile… Nice day and warm regards… 😉

      • hello, Cherry… thanks for your sympathy, dear. and the kind thoughts and prayers. hope you are well, am waiting or your new article, ahaha. warm regards… 🙂

  7. munchow says:

    It’s a lovely poem and Finnes’ reading brings out all the emotional content. I feel for the devastation that has hit the Philippines. I hope you and your family are still OK.

    • hello, sir Munchow… thank you for the appreciation. even bigger thank you for your sympathy about what happened to the Philippines. my family and I are okay, thanks for the concern. warm regards… 🙂

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