Chant To Bolivar – Pablo Neruda Poem

Pablo Neruda was a Nobel Prize winning poet from Chile. He was strongly socialist, being eventually murdered on the orders of the Fascist General Pinochet. Today, he is regarded as the National Poet of Chile. He Lived from 1904 until 1973. Simón Bolívar is known as The Liberator. He fought to free much of the northern region of the continent of South America. He died in 1830. The following poem is translated from the Spanish.

Chant to Bolívar

Our Father thou art in Heaven,
in water, in air
in all our silent and broad latitude
everything bears your name, Father in our dwelling:
your name raises sweetness in sugar cane
Bolívar tin has a Bolívar gleam
the Bolívar bird flies over the Bolívar volcano
the potato, the saltpeter, the special shadows,
the brooks, the phosphorous stone veins
everything comes from your extinguished life
your legacy was rivers, plains, bell towers
your legacy is our daily bread, oh Father.

Pablo Neruda

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