Ode to Paul Robeson, No. 1, 1976
Pablo Neruda was awarded the coveted Nobel Prize for literature in 1971. The Chilean poet was universally acknowledged as the greatest poet of the century writing in Spanish. His death followed shortly after the bloody coup in Chile against the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende.
Once he did not exist.
But his voice was there, waiting.
Light parted from darkness,
day from night,
earth from the primal waters.
And the voice of Paul Robeson
was divided from the silence.
The darkness struggled to hold on.
Underneath roots were growing.
Blind plants fought to know the light.