“I’ve wandered the world in search of life…”

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A people’s poet,
provincial and birder,
I’ve wandered the world in search of life:
bird by bird I’ve come to know the earth:

discovered where fire flames aloft:
the expenditure of energy
and my disinterestedness were rewarded,
even though no one paid me for it,
because I received those wings in my soul
and immobility never held me down. 

 ~ Pablo Neruda, excerpt from ‘The Poet Says Goodbye to the Birds’

 

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