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    Pablo Neruda - Ode To The Sea

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    Pablo Neruda - Ode To The Sea - Read by Ralph Fiennes - Soundtrack for the 1994 film Il Postino

    Ode To The Sea
    by Pablo Neruda (1904-1973)

    Here
    Surrounding the island
    There's sea.
    But what sea?
    It's always overflowing.
    Says yes,
    Then no,
    Then no again,
    And no,
    Says yes
    In blue
    In sea spray
    Raging,
    Says no
    And no again.
    It can't be still.
    It stammers
    My name is sea.

    It slaps the rocks
    And when they aren't convinced,
    Strokes them
    And soaks them
    And smothers them with kisses.
    With seven green tongues
    Of seven green dogs
    Or seven green tigers
    Or seven green seas,
    Beating its chest,
    Stammering its name,

    Oh Sea,
    This is your name.
    Oh comrade ocean,
    Don't waste time
    Or water
    Getting so upset
    Help us instead.
    We are meager fishermen,
    Men from the shore
    Who are hungry and cold
    And you're our foe.
    Don't beat so hard,
    Don't shout so loud,
    Open your green coffers,
    Place gifts of silver in our hands.
    Give us this day
    Our daily fish.