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Oda a la Bicicleta, Pablo Neruda

Posted on | March 6, 2009 | 4 Comments

Henri Cartier-BressonPhoto: Hyeres, 1932, Henri Cartier-Bresson

Oda a la bicicleta           

por el camino 
el sol se desgranaba 
como maíz ardiendo 
y era 
la tierra 
un infinito círculo 
con cielo arriba 
azul, deshabitado.

junto a mí 
las bicicletas, 
los únicos 
de aquel 
minuto seco del verano, 
me parecieron 
lo movimientos del aire.

Obreros y muchachas 
a las fábricas 
los ojos 
al verano, 
las cabezas al cielo, 
en los 
de las vertiginosas 
que silbaban 
puentes, rosales, zarza 
y mediodía

Pensé en la tarde cuando los muchachos 
se laven, 
canten, coman, levanten 
una copa 
de vino 
en honor 
del amor 
y de la vida, 
y a la puerta 
la bicicleta 
de movimiento fue su alma 
y allí caída 
no es 
insecto transparente 
que recorre 
el verano, 
que sólo 
un cuerpo errante 
con la urgencia 
y la luz, 
es decir, 
de cada día.

Ode to Bicycles         

I was walking 
a sizzling road: 
the sun popped like 
a field of blazing maize, 
was hot, 
an infinite circle 
with an empty 
blue sky overhead.

A few bicycles 
me by, 
the only 
that dry 
moment of summer, 
barely stirred 
the air. 

Workers and girls 
were riding to their 
their eyes 
to summer, 
their heads to the sky, 
sitting on the 
beetle backs 
of the whirling 
that whirred 
as they rode by 
bridges, rosebushes, brambles 
and midday.

I thought about evening when the boys 
wash up, 
sing, eat, raise 
a cup 
of wine 
in honor 
of love 
and life, 
and waiting 
at the door, 
the bicycle, 
only moving 
does it have a soul, 
and fallen there 
it isn’t 
a translucent insect 
through summer 
a cold 
that will return to 
when it’s needed, 
when it’s light, 
that is, 
of each day.

- Pablo Neruda, 1956    

Pablo Neruda


4 Responses to “Oda a la Bicicleta, Pablo Neruda”

  1. conrad
    May 21st, 2009 @ 8:10 am


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    April 28th, 2010 @ 1:02 pm

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    September 22nd, 2010 @ 2:07 pm

    Chileno de tomo y lomo!

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