Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The ex poet



After the break-up, she started collecting poetry books to fill the void. Anything she could get her hands on from classic to modern--Yeats, Frost, Wordsworth, Blake, Basho, D.H. Lawrence, E.E. Cummings, Angelou, Oliver--you name it. But the one poetry book she could not bring herself to read again was a collection of love poems by Neruda. Her ex had given her a copy for Valentine's Day when they were still together, signed "I love you forever." After he left her, she shredded that book into a million pieces in a fit of emotions ranging from regret to sadness. And now there she was in yet another bookstore, a copy of Neruda's love poems staring her in the face. She wondered if such love truly existed, the way Neruda described it, a master at romantic writing. Or maybe it was just poetry. Just beautiful poetry. She left the bookstore empty handed, but the love poems would always be in her heart.
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such beautiful words
vaporizing into the sky-
empty promises


I'm back from vacation and catching up on my favorite blogs. Besides spending a lot of time on the beach, suntanning, I love browsing through bookstores. I was looking through the poetry section and noticed the book by Neruda, which sparked the idea for my fictional haibun (combination of prose and haiku). In reality, I actually bought the book and love it! Sometimes life imitates art or is it art imitates life? Enjoy and thank you for your sweet comments while I was away!
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Posted for dVerse ~ Celebrating Poets

30 comments:

  1. oh i love book stores as well...i have read that one as well...smiles.

    but our experiences...and the tags that cling...our memories....def can taint our appreciation of arts...ha...i have a few sappy love ballads i just cant listen to...lol....

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    1. Thank you, Brian. Yes, that's what I meant ... our experiences sometimes cast a negative light even on beautiful things ... until we learn to let go. Smiles :)

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  2. Welcome back to blogland, glad your vacation was grand, look like you found a gem or a store. In her heart they can at least be explored

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    1. Yes, in her heart, there is still hope
      despite the pain, she will cope :)

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  3. Just love this. The poets you mentioned in your haibun are among my favorites, too. Luckily no negative associations with Neruda! :0)

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    1. Those are some of my favorite poets, too, in real life ... I do have most of the books I mentioned. Thank you for your comment, Victoria. Smiles :)

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  4. Welcome back, smiles ~ I understand why shredded the Neruda book but that is a priceless collection of words ~

    Wishing you happy week ~

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    1. Sometimes our emotions get the best of us and it's hard to let go of painful memories associated with objects of the past. Thank you for your comment, Grace :)

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  5. oh there are some songs i still cannot listen to even after years cause they carry memories in a way that i cannot bear it.. neruda is such a passionate poet... haven't read this book but def. should check it out... welcome back..smiles

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  6. Per your recommendation a couple of months ago, I have begun perusing the writings of Neruda :-)

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  7. I do think that certain poets are sometimes associated with certain people....and your haibun points that out well. I have never read Neruda. Perhaps I should. Smiles.

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  8. Welcome back, my friend!
    It sounds like your vacation was quite a perfect one! :-)

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  9. Nice to see you again Loredana and your beautiful words...enjoyed the haibun :)

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  10. I have found that most little books of poetry can live again--at least for 9 lives--once I get rid of the copy with the inscription. I've given away many many copies of Letters to a Young Poet and always purchase it again. I enjoyed this Haibun very much.

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  11. Love this passionate haibun. The effect that poetry can have. I must seek out some Neruda!

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  13. I love Neruda too. She should have kept the book and shredded all thoughts of the boyfriend.

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  14. a lovely tale. the prose and haiku work exquisitely together.

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  15. There is no better haibun than life itself... Just add a wee bit of drama and pathos as well :)

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  16. I enjoyed this piece a lot....."empty promises"........glad you bought the book....one must always believe in love! Even old twice-bitten crones like me. Or maybe especially me!

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  17. The poems of my youth - quoting it to each other with at least 2 boyfriends during my high school years... Not painful, but joyous memories Neruda has for me...

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  18. A bittersweet story, but with a lovely ending. We all need a love poem once in a while to remember those magical moments....Glad you are back, tan and rested. Bookstores are one of my favorite places. xo

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  19. Inaspettata storia,congratulazioni,cara Loredana, per la tua geniale scrittura che in poche righe concentra tanti significati e tante possibilità di sviluppi a sorpresa.
    Neruda ha scandito gli amori giovanili di tante persone, me compresa...non ho fatto a pezzi i libri,anzi li ho portati di casa in casa con me negli ultimi 42 anni, ma non li trovo più così speciali. Autori molto meno acclamati invece sono ancora capaci di emozionarmi....Un abbraccio affettuoso e grazie per gli spunti di dialogo che mi offri,anche da così lontano!!!

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    1. Cara Rita, grazie del bel commento. Anche io ho letto Neruda di nuovo recentemente, ma non lo trovo cosi' speciale come prima. Certe poesie che ha scritto mi piacciono ancora, ma hai ragione che ci sono autori migliori anche se meno acclamati. Mi fa piacere che questa storia ha stimulato un dialogo con te e altri miei lettori! Un abbraccio, Loredana :)

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  20. This is beautiful!
    I love Neruda; he reaches the depths of my soul with his words. I hope you enjoyed your time away!

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  21. Thank you everyone for the interesting discussion on this post! :)

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