Brown and Agile Child
~by Pablo Neruda
Brown and agile child, the sun which forms the fruit
And ripens the grain and twists the seaweed
Has made your happy body and your luminous eyes
And given your mouth the smile of water.
A black and anguished sun is entangled in the twigs
Of your black mane when you hold out your arms.
You play in the sun as in a tidal river
And it leaves two dark pools in your eyes.
Brown and agile child, nothing draws me to you,
Everything pulls away from me here in the noon.
You are the delirious youth of bee,
The drunkedness of the wave, the power of the heat.
My somber heart seeks you always
I love your happy body, your rich, soft voice.
Dusky butterfly, sweet and sure
Like the wheatfield, the sun, the poppy, and the water.
I wrote in a recent post that lately I've been back in contact with quite a few old friends through Facebook. Two of them are named Bruce, ironic since I don't think that is a particularly common name. I'll introduce the other Bruce and his genius website in a post soon.
The Bruce that pertains to today's post is the photographer of this beautiful and touching shot of young Aria at the Oregon coast this month. He is also her grandfather.....
Bruce adopted Aria's mother and uncle when they were little kids themselves, when he married their mother. He and I lost contact between the time he began dating his future wife and our "becoming friends" recently on Facebook, although he and his wife did attend my mother's memorial service in 2000, and Mike and I happened upon them one day some years later in a local park. You know. Life happened.
Lives happened....... Aria and her little brother being two of them.
When I originally posted this I included an audio stick that continuously played Bookends Theme by Simon & Garfunkel. I couldn't leave it because it started automatically, even when I published a new post. Here is a nice video of the same music...
Photo by Bruce Olson
Graphic by webweaver.nu