Friday, June 17, 2011

Fiery sensuality and eroticism...

This weeks post is part of the Blog-A-licious Blog Tour organized by Pandora Poikilos. The theme for June 18 is “The Book that Inspires Me The Most” .  

After much deliberation I chose Love Poems by Pablo Neruda.

Pablo Neruda’s poems are charged with fiery sensuality and eroticism. His words create passionate images of love and loss.

As a photographer and digital artist this book is my favorite “go to” book when I’m creating digital art.  His words inspire my creative juices and motivate me to produce some of my finest digital art. I hope you enjoy his poetry and my digital art both:

The Queen (La Reina)

I have named you queen.
There are taller than you, taller.
There are purer than you, purer.
There are lovelier than you, lovelier.
But you are the queen.

When you go through the streets
No one recognizes you.
No one sees your crystal crown, no one looks
At the carpet of red gold
That you tread as you pass,
The nonexistent carpet.

And when you appear
All the rivers sound
In my body, bells
Shake the sky,
And a hymn fills the world.
Only you and I,
Only you and I, my love,
Listen to me.

The Dream (El Sueño)

Walking on the sands
I decided to leave you.
I was treading a dark clay
that trembled
and I, sinking and coming out
decided that, you should come out
of me, that you were weighing me down
like a cutting stone,
and I worked out your loss
step by step:
to cut off your roots,
to release you alone into the wind.

Ah in that minute,
my dear, a dream
with its terrible wings
was covering you.

You felt yourself swallowed by the clay,
and you called to me, and I did not come,
you were going, motionless,
without defending yourself
until you were smothered in the quicksand.

Afterwards my decision encountered in your dream,
and from the rupture,
that was breaking our hearts
we came forth clean again, naked,
loving each other
without dream, without sand,
complete and radiant,
sealed by fire.

Night On The Island (Noche En La Isla)

All night I have slept with you
next to the sea, on the island.
Wild and sweet you were between pleasure and sleep,
between fire and water.

Perhaps very late
our dreams joined
at the bottom,
up above like branches moved by a common wind,
down below like red roots that touch.

Perhaps your dream
drifted from mine
and through the dark sea
was seeking me
as before,
when you did not yet exist,
when without sighting you
I sailed by your side,
and your eyes sought
what now –
bread, wine, love, and anger –
I heap upon you
because you are the cup
that was waiting for the gifts of my life.

I have slept with you
all night long while
the dark earth spins
with the living and the dead,
and on waking suddenly
in the midst of the shadow
my arm encircled your waist
neither night nor sleep
could separate us.

I have slept with you
and on waking, your mouth,
come from your dream,
gave me the taste of earth,
of sea water, of seaweed,
of the depths of your life,
and I received your kiss
moistened by the dawn
as if it came to me
from the sea that surrounds us.

Choosing one book was extremely difficult - I'm an avid reader and love a variety of subjects. Thank you for visiting my blog, I hope you enjoyed my post. If you like what you see and are interested in weekly photography tips please sign up to follow me and subscribe via email.

I am honored to be part of the tour along with 16 amazing blogs. I've listed links to this weeks other participants below.  I encourage you to visit them all. 

1. Roy -
2. Sulekha -
3. Dora -
4. Shaeeza -
5. Mari -
6. Paula -
7. Karen -
8. Keiko -
9. Catherine -
10. Kate & Ashley -
11. Desiree -
12. Sonia -
13. DK Levick -
14. Kelley -
15. Tosh -
16. Lucy -
17. Dora -

Thank you kk for your original creative commons models for me to create from. You know how much I appreciate your sharing your work!


David Smith said...

The images and accompanying passages are very beautiful, love the final image with the sun/heart shining brightly!! It's hard to select one book indeed but you picked a good one :)

Rogueartist said...

Mari, I am speechless.  This is a beautiful and sensual post.  Brava!!

Debra Elramey said...

I love the poetry of Pablo Neruda.    Did
you ever see the movie about him - can’t recall the name; was it The Postman?    And your digital art is just exquisite!  

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

I saw the movie twice - I love it! In Italian it's called II Postino (The Postman). Thank you for the compliment on my digital art.

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

Yes, he is sensual!! I love his work.

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

Thanks David. It took me all week to decide on which book - I love so many. This gave me a chance to do something different :D

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

The first one is my favorite also. Finding the perfect image, then turning it into digital art takes time but it's fun :D

Sulekha Rawat said...

Mari, I too love Pablo Neruda's poems and am inspired by his work. Loved The Dream and the photographs accompanying your lovely post.

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

Roy, thank you for your comment. I'm looking forward to reading your post for this challenge. 

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

Sulekha, so many of us love his work.  He is so talented it's no wonder he won the won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971.. 

emmy said...

O wow this is so beautiful!!!!

nomeradona said...

simple outstanding. nice photographic composition too.

Rimly Bezbarua said...

Mari I love Pablo Neruda and your choice of poems kept me spellbound. Your photos kept in rhythm with the sensuousness of the poems. Beautiful.


Sailor said...

Wow! This is just really amazing work from you. I have been following you for sometime and this is the first time I see the different side of your art personality. Beautiful work!

totsymae said...

Mari, those are some powerful images. As an artist myself, I would definitely encourage you to keep being inspired by this poet if the results are what you've exhibited here. Love your work!

Lucylastica2 said...

Powerful and sensual images and words. I can see why you were inspired by these poems.

Kriti Mukherjee said...

This was fantastic Mari - its like your art was made for the poetry - Really really enjoyed being here! I didn't know that you created such art as well. This was a treat!

Catherine Stine said...

Wow, his poems are very romantic and evocative. I can see why they are so important to your work! My favorite poet is Whitman. 

Sarcasm Goddess said...

I must go out and get this book!  I can see how his poems inspire you.  I loved them all but the first was my favorite.

Sonia Rumzi said...

How romantic and beautiful! The photography is stunning. Thank you.

Dklevick said...

I'm not an authority but this is beautiful art and images and great poetry. You do wonderful work Mari. Don't let down.

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

Glad you enjoyed my post. I'm following your blog and really enjoy it.

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

Thank you, Sailor. I will be publishing more like this and sharing my art for use by other bloggers. But the majority of my posts will still be photo tips. :D

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

Thank you, I appreciate your comments. I'm now following your blog. I'm glad I found it on this Blog-a-licious tour!

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

I'm glad you enjoyed this post. It was an honor to be invited to participate!

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

Thank you for your comment. I love your photo - beautiful and sensual. It reminds me of Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings. Her work is very also very sensual. Thank you for posting it - I always appreciate photos with comments.

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

I enjoyed finding your blog on this tour! I'm following you now and look forward to future posts.

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

Hi Kriti - I'm starting a site to share my digital art with the Ladies Group poets. It will be lots of fun. 

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

I love Whitman too. He's certainly at the opposite end of the spectrum from Neruda.  :D

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

The first one is my favorite too. The rythmn in that one is captivating.

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

Thank you for your comment - they are always appreciated. I'm now following you on Twitter.

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

Thank you for the compliment. I'm following you blog - it's a great one!

Alpana Jaiswal said...

I loved it..straight from my heart,the pictures and the words..its mind blowing.

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

Alpana - thank you so much.

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

cooking varieties(wan) has left a new comment on your post "One Lovely Blog Award": hi mari, congrats for winning the stylish blogger award. ..It very much describes your blog and your amazingly beautiful photography works.. The poem is so lovely and a bit tense at the later part and just fine in the end. Thanks for sharing your inspiration from this book, great pick.

Pandora Poikilos said...

This is beautiful and Pablo Neruda is breathtaking. "where I does not exist nor you. So close that your hand on my chest is my hand, so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep." Sigh. Right, I'm rambling. Thank you for this moment and for joining the blog tour.
Cheers - Dora

totsymae said...

 Thanks for following me. I'm glad we ran into one another too.

Jessica Brant said...


Amazing you word in combination with your images blow me away Glad you are on this weeks tour. I did it last week and it was a blast 

Desireeholt said...

OMG! Love the poetry and the pictures. Actually printed out a couple of the poems to keep for "inspiration".

Linda Lee said...

Your photography is AMAZING and the poems you chose fit PERFECTLY for a cohesive presentation!  Very impressive work.  Thank you! 

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment - I appreciate it!

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

After reading your post I thought you'd like Neruda's work :D Nice to meet you on the Tour.

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

I agree - really fun and an honor to be among such fine bloggers! Hope I have a chance to join in at another time. 

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

Pandora Poikilos has left a new comment on your post "Fiery sensuality and eroticism...": This is beautiful and Pablo Neruda is breathtaking. "where I does not exist nor you. So close that your hand on my chest is my hand, so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep." Sigh. Right, I'm rambling. Thank you for this moment and for joining the blog tour.Cheers - Dora 

miriamshope said...

Here via the Blog Tour - What a gorgeously sensuous post. Lovely digital art - that top picture to accompany "The Queen" is simply stunning! Thanks for stopping by my blog too :)

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

Thank you for the comment. Nice to meet you also on the Tour. It's fun to meet new bloggers and the Tours are a perfect way to accomplish that.

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

Ckata54  Simply beautiful. My son is taking Advertising and just about getting into photography, would like to link your blog to his fb? So many things he can learn from here. I too love photography, however more on potraits, as I love to catch the facial features and expressions.

Melissa Tandoc said...

Among the poets I truly like... Nerudas... my brother introduced me to his works...
Coupled with the images, his poems become graphically erotic ;)... loved your choice of poems and blogs to explore ... I always have something new to learn from you..THANK YOU!

Nelieta said...

I would like to read the poems in Spanish. Thank you for sharing!

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

You can find them online in Spanish by searching Google. His books are also published in Spanish.

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

Thank you all for making this one of my most popular posts. I love sharing my digital art :D