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Tuesday, September 30, 2008
I promised myself that after I returned The Time Traveler's Wife, it would be my last book for this sem. But I needed some cheering up after my midterm and it just so happened that while I was looking for a collection of Neruda poems, I chanced upon a nondescript black book: The Poems of St. John of the Cross. The book contains the original Spanish poems and their translations.
I've gone through half of it, but will probably need to take a more thorough, second look on the works of this mystic saint. I must say that his words and his use of allegory and paradoxical phrases and symbolism are simply stunning. Here are some of the ones that I really like so far:
Concerning the Divine Word
With the divinest Word, the Virgin
Made pregnant, down the road
Comes walking, if you'll grant her
A room in your abode.
Other songs concernin Christ and the soul
A shepherd lad was mourning his distress,
Far from all comfort, friendless and forlorn.
He fixed his thouht upon his shepherdess
Because his breast by love was sorely torn.
He did not weep that love had pierced him so,
Nor with self-pity that the shaft was shot,
Though deep into his heart had sunk the blow,
It grieved him more that he had been forgot.
Only to think that he had been forgotten
By his sweet shepherdess, with travail sore,
He let his foes (in foreign lands begoteen)
Gash the poor breast that love had gashed before.
'Alas! Alas! for him', the Shepherd cries,
'Who tries from me my dearest love to part
So that she does not gaze into my eyes
Or see that I am wounded to the heart.'
Then, after a long time, a tree he scaled,
Opened his strong arms bravely wide apart,
And clung upon that tree till death prevailed,
So sorely was he wounded in his heart.
Dark Night of the Soul (Stanzas)
There are some more good ones in the book. Some are very long but very much worth the time.