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In The Time of Quiet by Pablo Neruda.

Sue Pennell kindly passed this poem to me to share with you. It’s so appropriate at this time.

Thank you Sue. Phil G

Pablo Neruda, Chilean Poet, Diplomat and Politician. Nobel Prize of Literature 1971

IN THE TIME OF QUIET by Pablo Neruda.

 

No one’s told the daffodils about the pause to Spring

And no one’s told the birds to roost and asked them not to sing

No one’s asked the lazy bee to cease his bumbling round

And no one’s stopped the bright green shoots emerging through the ground

No one’s told the sap to rest, deep within the wood And stop the sleepy trees from waking, wreathed about in bud

No one’s told the sky to douse its brightest shades of blue And stop the scudding clouds from puffing headlong into view

No one’s asked the lambs to still the springs beneath their feet,

To stop their rapid rush and quell each joyful bleat

No one’s told the stream to halt its gurgle or its flow

And warned the playful breezes, not to gust and blow

No one’s asked the raindrops not to fall upon the earth

And fail to quench the soil in the season of rebirth

No one’s locked the sun down, or dimmed the shimmer of the moon

 

And even in the darkest night, the stars are still immune

Remember what you value, remember who is dear

Close the doors to danger and keep your family near

In the quiet all around us take the time to sit and stare

And wonder at the glory unfurling everywhere

Look towards the future, after the ordeal

And keep faith in Mother Nature’s power and will to heal.