A poem to celebrate Women’s day
I always find inspiration and solace in poetry. When I can relate to the feelings expressed in such a beautiful way, I find love for another being that has gone through the same experience and I feel understood.
Recently, I discovered there is an interest in studying poetry and its benefits to health and especially in writing poetry as a therapy for mental health. This shade some light about the feelings of solace and content that brings me.
My favorite poet is Pablo Neruda. I have been to his house in Santiago and Isla Negra. When I read his poems, I feel my entire being vibrates with the resonance of his passionate love. He loved women, well perhaps too much, and many of his poems are for the women he loved.
I share with you today this poem to celebrate all the queens in my heart! We all have one… cherish them and show them how much you love them every day.
La Reina (The Queen)
Yo te he nombrado reina.
Hay más altas que tú, más altas.
Hay más puras que tú, más puras.
Hay más bellas que tú, hay más bellas.
Pero tú eres la reina.
Cuando vas por las calles
nadie te reconoce.
Nadie ve tu corona de cristal, nadie mira
la alfombra de oro rojo
que pisas donde pasas,
la alfombra que no existe.
Y cuando asomas
suenan todos los ríos
en mi cuerpo, sacuden
el cielo las campanas,
y un himno llena el mundo.
Sólo tú y yo,
sólo tú y yo, amor mío,
I have named you queen.
There are taller than you, taller.
There are purer than you, purer.
There are prettier than you, prettier.
Still you are the queen.
When you walk the streets
no one recognizes you.
No one sees your crystal crown,
no one looks
at the carpet of red gold that you tread as you pass,
the carpet that doesn’t exist.
And when you appear
all the rivers sound
in my body, bells shake the sky,
and a hymn fills the world.
Only you and I,
only you and I, my love,