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Far from the savage city's delirium

Luminous mind, bright devil

of absolute clusterings, of upright noon---:

here we are at last, alone, without loneliness,

far from the savage city's delirium.


Just as a pure line describes the dove's curve,

as the fire honors and nourishes peace,

so you and I made this heavenly outcome.

The mind and love live naked in this house.


Furious dreams, rivers of bitter certainty,

decisions harder than the dreams of a hammer

flowed into the lovers' double cup,


until those twins were lifted into balance

on the scale: the mind and love, like two wings.

---So this transparency was built.


Pablo Neruda

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Taken on October 25, 2011