Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Weekly Scribblings #32: I Am Explaining A Few Things

Hello and welcome to another exciting round of Weekly Scribblings. Can you believe it's August already? The rain has been falling steadily without letup since the last few days. Outside the leaves and flowers droop under the weight of the droplets. My heart is heavy but persistent, and around this time of the year I am reminded of poems by Neruda.

Pablo Neruda was born on 12th July,1904, in Parral, Chile. His poems can be described as subtle and elegant, as well as being vigorous and original which brings focus upon themes such as nature, love, politics, and human condition. As I was browsing online, I came across one that completely blew me away:

I Am Explaining A Few Things

You are going to ask: and where are the lilacs?
and the poppy-petalled metaphysics?
and the rain repeatedly spattering
its words and drilling them full
of apertures and birds?
I'll tell you all the news.

I lived in a suburb,
a suburb of Madrid, with bells,
and clocks, and trees.

From there you could look out
over Castille's dry face:
a leather ocean.
My house was called
the house of flowers, because in every cranny
geraniums burst: it was
a good-looking house
with its dogs and children.
Remember, Raul?
Eh, Rafel? Federico, do you remember
from under the ground
my balconies on which
the light of June drowned flowers in your mouth?
Brother, my brother!
loud with big voices, the salt of merchandises,
pile-ups of palpitating bread,
the stalls of my suburb of Arguelles with its statue
like a drained inkwell in a swirl of hake:
oil flowed into spoons,
a deep baying
of feet and hands swelled in the streets,
metres, litres, the sharp
measure of life,
stacked-up fish,
the texture of roofs with a cold sun in which
the weather vane falters,
the fine, frenzied ivory of potatoes,
wave on wave of tomatoes rolling down the sea.. (Read more here)

Your Challenge today is to write inspired by the title of Neruda's poem. Feel free to address the current world situation, or perhaps delve into a memory of your own. Challenge the reader, surprise us with humor and wit, go solemn and dark or perhaps tender and romantic. The possibilities are endless!

We at Poets and Storytellers United offer the chance to share both poetry and prose (i.e. stories, essays, articles) the prompt will remain open until next Wednesday. Also, if you opt to write prose then please keep it to 369 words or fewer.

Good luck composing your masterpieces! I look forward to reading what you come up with. And lastly, please visit and comment on your fellow writers. Have fun!πŸ’˜


  1. Happy Wednesday

    much love...

    1. Happy Wednesday to you too, Gillena! Heading over to read you!πŸ’πŸΉ

  2. Another HAPPY WEDNESDAY all. Officially I am on a Blogging Holiday so even though I have a shell for a work on this delightful prompt it probably won't hatch out this week. Thank you, Sanaa, you are a hard worker.
    Back to doing out postponed taxes, bye.

  3. This sounds like a fascinating prompt! By the way, my brother got me a book of Neruda's poem, with Spanish and English side by side, for my birthday back in June. :)

    1. That's wonderful! Belated happy birthday, Jenna!πŸ’πŸΉ Looking forward to your entry.

  4. Made a rhyming poem, kind of silly but totally true!

    1. I so enjoyed your poem, Helen πŸ˜ƒ thank you so much for writing to the prompt!πŸ’πŸΉ

  5. Hello everybody. I'm rather late this time, but I didn't think I'd be participating at all, I was so lacking in inspiration – until the events of my poem happened ... and then I had to write it, many hours after the prompt was already live.

    1. I am so glad you shared it with us, Rosemary!πŸ₯° Happy Thursday!πŸ’πŸΉ

  6. thanks for the prompt, Sanaa. One of my favorite poets - and his pen is timeless, unfortunately ~

    1. And mine! Thank you so much, M πŸ˜ƒ heading over to read you! Happy Thursday!πŸ’πŸΉ

  7. Sanaa,

    Thank you so much for the inspiration

    1. I so loved your poem, Susie!πŸ₯° Thank you so much for writing to the prompt. Happy Thursday!πŸ’πŸΉ

  8. Hello All- Happy Friday! Love the prompt Sanaa.

    1. Happy Friday, Linda!πŸ₯° I so loved your stream of consciousness, thank you so much for writing to the prompt!πŸ’πŸΉ


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