The Ocean Knows

I want to tell you the ocean knows this, that life in its jewel boxes is endless as the sand,
impossible to count, pure, and among the blood-colored grapes time has made the petal hard and shiny,
made the jellyfish full of light and untied its knot,
letting its musical threads fall from a horn of plenty made of infinite mother-of-pearl.
– Pablo Neruda from Enigmas

 

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  1. Gorgeous quote! Have you visited the aquarium recently? Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Beautiful. Such poetry. I had not read/heard this before.

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  3. Perfect poem to accompany these wonderful photos. I love Pablo Neruda! Thanks!

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  4. Beautiful. Thank you.

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  5. You just transported me from 108 degrees—–thank you!

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  6. Imagine our desert as ocean floor, and all the native plants and animals are the jewels with the strength and tolerance to evolve and adapt to the new paradigm.

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  7. Lisa H

     /  July 25, 2012

    Lovely poem! We make a point to visit any aquariums when we travel. There is a magical beauty that just can’t be found anywhere else outside our oceans. Thank you for sharing the wonders of the deep!

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  8. I haven’t heard that poem before but it’s a good one! I love being out in the ocean and going for a snorkel. It’s such a wonderful world down there xx

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  9. You wouldn’t believe if I told you that only yesterday we were planning to get a school of Chiclets. And under UV. Its beautiful below the ocean and we’ve been bitten by the ocean bug lately. Great quote, fantastic photographs.

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  10. You have summed up the incredible beauty of the ocean here, Tammy…

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  11. I really like Pablo Neruda. And the ocean. And the photos. And so… your blog post! :)

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  12. Beautiful words….I once rescued a Sea Horse that had gotten caught in the rough surf near the shoreline. Was a magical experience for me since I’d never seen one that close up before (AND be able to hold it in my hand). It wrapped its tail around my finger as I carried it out to deeper waters to set it free. I wished him/her well and off s/he went.

    Thank you for the wonderful memory today! :-)

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  13. Thank you for combining two of my favorite things – Pablo Neruda’s poetry and sea life images!

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  14. Beautiful post :) I really love the picture of the ocean :)

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  15. What an enchanting post, thank you Tammy! Makes me long to go scuba diving again…it’s been far too long :-)

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  16. Sally Mom

     /  July 26, 2012

    Just gorgeous. So glad you are enjoying the beautiful bounties and reliving through us all with the poem. Gorgeous.

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  17. Gorgeous–photos AND poem!

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  18. Really Wonder
    Ninni Raimondi Journalist in Bologna, Italy

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  19. Kate Bart

     /  July 27, 2012

    What a treasure of a post. It reminds me of Anne Marrow Lindbergh: “The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach, waiting for a gift from the sea.”

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  20. Well said, Tammy! A lovely & beautiful post!
    Very interesting too!

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  21. Beautiful pics and poem, Tammy. Aquariums give us a glimpse at the Secrets of the Sea.

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  22. Neruda is so eloquent. Fits in for me as I just returned from a workshop on writing in and about nature. Thank you.

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  23. thank you for transporting us to another world with Neruda’s evocative words, and these undersea wonders. we have a wonderful aquarium in Chattanooga Tennessee–a little over 2 hours from my home. the jelly fish will simply transfix you with their strange beauty.

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  24. Fantastic series of images! I really like the quote, too. :)

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    • Thanks Robin. Not quite your photography skills but the subject matter made it easy.

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  25. Poem, pictures, you = all perfection! Thank you for sharing these with us!

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  26. Great view of our oceanic life. So much to discover and uncover so we can learn all that we know so little about.

    It’s funny – I have no desire to swim in the ocean. Coming from the prairies, I used to squirm when I learned what inhabited the ocean. I haven’t grown out of that stage. :D If I scuba dived, it would suit me much better.

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  27. A great post! Thank you!

    A perfect quote. Awesome pictures. Nice one. : )

    Cheers,
    Vineet

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  28. I used to teach Pablo Neruda’s works to my Spanish class students. Love him. Beautiful pics!

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  29. Looking through your images, I am reminded of how beautiful our ocean is. It’s like being in another world when we look at the life beneath it. Stunning images. The first I went snorkelling, I was overwhelmed with fascination and wonder. Great post!

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  30. I love the sea. In fact, the oceans are one of my top three images/characters/metaphors in all my poems :D Thanks for sharing Neruda, and for the inspiring photographs!

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