“A Lemon” by Pablo Neruda


Out of lemon flowers
on the moonlight, love’s
lashed and insatiable
sodden with fragrance,
the lemon tree’s yellow
the lemons
move down
from the tree’s planetarium

Delicate merchandise!
The harbors are big with it-
for the light and the
barbarous gold.
We open
the halves
of a miracle,
and a clotting of acids
into the starry
original juices,
irreducible, changeless,
so the freshness lives on
in a lemon,
in the sweet-smelling house of the rind,
the proportions, arcane and acerb.

Cutting the lemon
the knife
leaves a little cathedral:
alcoves unguessed by the eye
that open acidulous glass
to the light; topazes
riding the droplets,
aromatic facades.

So, while the hand
holds the cut of the lemon,
half a world
on a trencher,
the gold of the universe
to your touch:
a cup yellow
with miracles,
a breast and a nipple
perfuming the earth;
a flashing made fruitage,
the diminutive fire of a planet.

Pablo Neruda

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“a lemon”

by Sorgorosso

Italy © 2010


  1. lkthayer · November 5, 2010

    A pleasure to squeeze your lemon Paolo at The Juice Bar!!! – Lisa 😛

  2. paolo · November 5, 2010

    PabloNeruda!!!! I love his poetry….my poor shot and this fantastic man!!!!!! thank you Lisa!

    • lkthayer · November 5, 2010

      Not a poor shot, unique!! He is one of my favorites! I am studying him in class!!!

  3. paul mckay · November 5, 2010

    oh, so you’re into Pablo study. I posted ode to enchanted light last night and I’m always a little amazed at the poetry lovers who email me who know so little of him and his stuff. thanks for trying to raising the Pablo consciousness with me!

    • lkthayer · November 5, 2010

      Oh anytime, anytime!! – Lisa 🙂
      Sent on the Now Network from my Sprint® BlackBerry

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