Hope & Healing Through Photography and Poetic Expression

Miracle Of Yellow

“So, when you hold the hemisphere
of a cut lemon above your plate, you spill
a universe of gold…”

~Pablo Neruda

Ode To a Lemon
by, Pablo Neruda

From blossoms
released
by the moonlight,
from an
aroma of exasperated
love,
steeped in fragrance,
yellowness
drifted from the lemon tree,
and from its plantarium
lemons descended to the earth.

Tender yield!
The coasts,
the markets glowed
with light, with
unrefined gold;
we opened
two halves
of a miracle,
congealed acid
trickled
from the hemispheres
of a star,
the most intense liqueur
of nature,
unique, vivid,
concentrated,
born of the cool, fresh
lemon,
of its fragrant house,
its acid, secret symmetry.

Knives
sliced a small
cathedral
in the lemon,
the concealed apse, opened,
revealed acid stained glass,
drops
oozed topaz,
altars,
cool architecture.

So, when you hold
the hemisphere
of a cut lemon
above your plate,
you spill
a universe of gold,
a
yellow goblet
of miracles,
a fragrant nipple
of the earth’s breast,
a ray of light that was made fruit,
the minute fire of a planet.

57 responses

  1. RLKing

    Love this…all of it…<3

    July 24, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    • 😉 thank you so much RL. Me too ~ as I have a special relationship with the lemon!! xo

      July 24, 2012 at 12:05 AM

  2. Wow I love the poem.. but then I am a sucker for poems, got to do with my inability to pen such beautiful words… love the photo, half closed my eyes in case I got a squirt…

    July 24, 2012 at 12:21 AM

  3. Thank you~!! Yes bulldog, – I love Pablo Neruda’s work ~ and he does have a way with making the glorious lemon into somewhat of a ‘super-star’ doesn’t he!!? He has other pieces, similar featuring a variety of foods too! & I bet you could pen some awesome words — just a feeling… maybe a new hobby lurking for you 🙂 Oh no…hope my yummy lemon did not squirt through the computer screen… you are too funny! Wishing you bright lemony thoughts tonight!! ~ R

    July 24, 2012 at 12:29 AM

  4. I have never read this poem before – beautiful and love your photograph too!

    July 24, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    • Isn’t it a very awesome poem?! Thank you Julie — my first “food post” — promise not to make a habit of it, but feel passionate about lemons! 🙂 Sending love xo

      July 24, 2012 at 1:43 AM

      • It’s a lovely combination – this food post!

        July 24, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    • Thanks Julie–was not out much this week ~ so got creative in the kitchen. Do like the yellow against the blue-spun pottery ~ everything is art to me these days… poem was a fun read! xxoo

      July 24, 2012 at 1:50 AM

      • I have Anthony home for the day even though I had decided not to do this anymore as he is so heavy. He is asleep in the living room after lunch and I am wondering how on earth I am going to get him back to the car because he is almost totally immobile now – and silent. But I feel good that I got him home.
        Sorry, none of that has anything to do with lemons – ha!

        July 24, 2012 at 1:59 AM

      • Oh Julie…. Know so hard, and such mixed feelings. Glad u got him home though…will be keeping you both in my heart… Off to sleep now…. But keep me posted xo no worries… Lemons are bittersweet like your love story 😉

        July 24, 2012 at 2:03 AM

      • G’night Robyn and hope you have a wonderful sleep fingers crossed.

        July 24, 2012 at 2:07 AM

  5. wonderful poem, Robyn, and a captivating photo

    July 24, 2012 at 2:36 AM

    • Thank you so much nightlake! Glad you enjoyed 🙂

      July 24, 2012 at 10:29 AM

  6. Love this…1

    July 24, 2012 at 2:47 AM

    • So great to hear that Stefan! Thank you much 🙂

      July 24, 2012 at 10:30 AM

  7. Pawan Hira

    It is gold as I perceive now through his words, absorbed in the beauty of lemon. Wow!
    Glittery photo adds the taste. A beautiful share, Robyn.

    July 24, 2012 at 4:16 AM

    • Such a lovely and poetic remark Pawan. Thank you so very much. It is true, even the lemon has an utter beauty capable of entrancing us, if we give it the proper attention 🙂 So glad you enjoyed the combination here ~ Much Love…

      July 24, 2012 at 10:33 AM

      • Pawan Hira

        It’s how we see things. I love when I clear my eyes to perceive something new, different.
        Thank you, Robyn. Thank you.

        July 24, 2012 at 2:55 PM

      • So very welcome — a pleasure to have you here Pawan!!

        July 24, 2012 at 2:56 PM

  8. Golden words for feelings of a heart of gold …
    Muy bueno mi amiga…

    July 24, 2012 at 6:54 AM

    • Gracias sweet Carlos… So glad yo enjoyed the ‘golden’ post today ~ and your lovely comment is so much appreciated.
      Have a wonderful day Senior! ~R

      July 24, 2012 at 10:48 AM

  9. Ahhhhh….I love lemons….everything about them….I am one of those who can even suck the juice straight…so refreshing….love this…the yellow against the blue…perfect complements….from your natural eye….xoxm

    July 24, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    • Me too Meryl…just the coolest fruit around 🙂 No problem eating them whole…though my sister did that as a child and managed to remove all the enamel from her teeth ~ so beware!! So glad you enjoyed the contrast against the Blue pottery, and in combo with Neruda’s poem. God knows what possessed me this weekend to shoot the fruit… was housebound and the spark of creativity just hit me – first food post too… A bit like your ‘pear’ xxoo

      July 24, 2012 at 10:55 AM

      • yes…there’s lots you can photograph inside…take a look at “Just A Smidge” her food images are wonderful…I will probably do more with that in the winter…xo

        July 24, 2012 at 11:07 AM

  10. victoriaaphotography

    Just lovely. Hope you’re able to get out some more soon.

    July 24, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    • Thanks Victoria…on the bright side… I got to meditate on how wonderful a lemon really is. I use lemon in nearly everything (water, cooking etc) but never see them as I did when I looked through my lens…and then worked with Neruda’s poem for the post ~ the blessings xo

      July 24, 2012 at 10:45 AM

  11. This is very interesting. I love the photo of the lemons on the blue plate. They look so refreshing.

    July 24, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    • Thank you Renee… something new for me (photographing food) but I do see the internet beauty in this lemon. I was indulging in lots of them this weekend, and just thought I’d try a photo for fun and did love it 🙂 So glad you enjoyed too — and yes against the blue plate … makes the color pop! xxoo

      July 24, 2012 at 10:50 AM

  12. You have good taste in poetry. Vivid and so wonderfully visual. The blue and yellow together….Love those colors. The color of our kitchen. Yellow walls and blue cabinets…old funky fun house we live in with carpets from the 1980’s I think. lol. Really loved the contrast. What a creative and splendid idea. I appreciate and admire how your source/genre skips about….the creative mind of yours working. You are now my number one follower since D left the scene. lol. So congratulations!!! I will fly out to meet you… hehehe. You are in my thoughts. Such a wonderful person you are. HUGS…lovely post.
    Sam 🙂

    July 24, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    • Why thank you so much Sam. It is funny when I need an accompaniment for an image, and can’t conjure my own words for whatever reason, the universe usually just shows me the poem, quote or story that matches perfectly. I am a fan of Neruda, but was not familiar with this particular piece… and was instantly hypnotized by it upon reading… and knew it needed to be here with my funky lemon shot 🙂

      Oooooo your house sounds so very cool! I love eclectic decor like that. You will have to take photos for future posts! Thank you for appreciating the diversity of my creative spirit… My life is not very varied day to day – so at least my blog can be :)))) REally – your #1 that is amazing… effortless to want to visit your magnificent blog my friend. Your writing is absolutely unique — your spirit soars right through the screen – Much Love ~R xo

      July 24, 2012 at 1:58 PM

  13. What an ode to a lemon.We used to paint them in art school-great subjects and I can still see renditions by other artists in my mind. You can’t beat the real thing in a recipe-though I have never seen or smelled a lemon tree-probably delightful.Like the picture of the lemon on the blue plate-so intense!Jane

    July 24, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    • Thanks so much for sharing that Jane. I did not attend any art classes ever – so very interesting to me that I am drawn to these things unknowingly. The “inner-artist” I suppose. Not sure I’ve ever seen a lemon tree either… hmmm? Would be wonderful I am sure. Yes – bright yellow and cobalt blue make a wonderful match ~ so glad you liked xo ~R 😉

      July 24, 2012 at 2:03 PM

  14. magnificent! what a pleasure. I love Pablo Neruda. Now I love lemons and wish that I had a luscious lemondrop corner to play in the sun’s pleasure! Thanks for a beautiful post. Love to you, Linda

    July 24, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    • Oh Linda – so glad you ejoyed this. Yes Neruda has some amazing work to savor. After today I think many of us will be addiong lots of lemon to our lives 🙂 Much Love to you ~ Robyn

      July 24, 2012 at 9:30 PM

  15. Wow! Such a cleverly written ode! All the little graphic details were a great touch…..the lemon became a living entity through your words! 🙂 I also love the picture of the yellow lemon against blue…..a striking and bold picture……awesome Ms. Robyn!
    P.S….Lemons are great for many things….my favorites are….in a glass of water or tea, in a Corona (my fav use, lol) drizzled over freshly fried catfish, on top of cold pasta, and also for cleaning! It is great for removing stains and lime build up in the tub! lol
    Celeste
    xoxo

    July 24, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    • Oh Cleste… I wish I could take the credit for those words – but it was Pablo Neruda — who was a masterful poet 🙂 I loved it too though, and had to pair his words with my special Lemon shot! I drink Lemon water all the time too – and when I used to enjoy Corona – yes– there too! Never tried the catfish or pasta – will need to – and as a cleaner too — wow – you know all the lemon tricks 🙂 thank you my dear friend — so happy to have your shining spirit here xo

      July 24, 2012 at 7:48 PM

  16. Robin, thanks for sharing such a breathtakingly beautiful poem with the image of one of my favorites a lemon, love lemon cake, lemon pie, lemon juice, a lemon in my corona, and also in my tea…the taste of a lemon brings my senses alive when i rise in the morning and have my tea. Loved the post!

    July 24, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    • Wendell … you are most welcome. I loved Neruda’s poem as well. Yes – Lemons are really special aren’t they?!! Wow… I’m amazed how many people feel as passionately about them as I do 🙂 So nice to have you here !! ~ Robyn

      July 24, 2012 at 9:28 PM

  17. Yellow is my favorite!! Well it is very special to me – I cannot pick out one color they are all too lovely. Love this poem! I actually have “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake” By Aimee Bender sitting on my desk looking at me. I am thinking I have put off reading it far too long now. 🙂

    July 24, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    • Wow…maybe it is time for the book — Seems lemons do ellicit lots of emotion for many 🙂 I am glad you enjoyed Neruda’s poem and the post gave you a bit of joy Angel 🙂 Sending Love ~R

      July 24, 2012 at 9:25 PM

  18. if it is alright, i would like to ask you a question Robyn if it is not too personal …. have you ever tried a slice of chilled lemon meringue pie alongside a chilled slice of key lime pie on the same plate during a hot summers day ? the combination of flavors, this lemon lime fandango can be quite the taste sensation treat indeed and would highly recommend it …. best wishes being sent your way, Jim 🙂

    July 25, 2012 at 4:22 AM

    • LOL Jim! Answer is … I have enjoyed each lemon meringue pie and key lime pie — up on my list of favorites — but NO …never on the same plate on a hot summer day!! On your advise though, I am going to try ~ thank you sweet friend …sounds yummy! : )

      July 25, 2012 at 5:11 PM

  19. Lovely….and yellow is my favourite colour, I love all colours but yellow has always called my name. Love and hugs. Lisa. xx 🙂

    July 25, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    • Thank you Lisa… so nice to see you, and learn that yellow is special to you too. I tend to like the “golden” tones of yellow (color-wise) but I do love the taste of lemon ~ so bright yellow there for sure 🙂 Sending love to you dear one! ~R

      July 25, 2012 at 5:14 PM

      • Me too, I love the golden tones of yellow. Starting with the shade of custard and working into deeper tones. I sometimes just sit out in my conservatory mixing different shades of yellow paint, I love to watch the colours swirl and blend. 🙂

        July 25, 2012 at 5:18 PM

      • It is like alchemy — color blending I mean… magic at its finest ~ xo

        July 25, 2012 at 5:23 PM

      • It’s so funny that you said that. Actually spooky weird. I quoted about the alchemists in my post this morning. I wrote a poem from a dream I had last night and the colours were too intense to actually find the words. funny, well I’m giggling anyway. 🙂 hehe

        July 25, 2012 at 5:40 PM

      • Oh my… Is it posted yet? When I get home I will see if it is… We must be in tune today!!! — giggling too! I need to sign up to follow your blog now … Xo

        July 25, 2012 at 6:07 PM

      • Yep, we must be in tune…I posted it this morning before taking the kids to the hills.
        It’s called, “Dancing with flames.” Have a great day, you are a very lovely person. Thank you. xx 🙂

        July 25, 2012 at 6:23 PM

      • Was a wonderful read Lisa — I just wrote you over at your place 🙂 thank you sweetie! 🙂

        July 25, 2012 at 11:11 PM

  20. Gorgeous photo and a stunning poem…I loved the combination!! Whether your words or not…to put these two together was majestic and most inspiring! I always feel that you give so much to the reader (me) everytime we (I) come!! Thank you for sharing this! Love, Hugs, and Blessings! ~

    July 26, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    • Such lovely sentiments from you Christina (as always). Thank you so much for your wonderful words. I do try to mix it up with my own writing/poems, original quotes and sometimes borrowed works from either fellow bloggers or more famous writers like Neruda ~ but my goal is provide something enriching for my reader – and I am thrilled you think I am succeeding there~ I did love my lemon portrait with this passionate poem as well; thought they were made for each other 🙂 So happy you enjoyed dear friend — and wonderful to see you 🙂 Much Love ~ Robyn

      July 26, 2012 at 1:14 AM

  21. Elegant, simple, beautiful. Yellow is an extremely uplifting color you know and the fragrance from the lemon – but you know, your wrote…:)

    July 26, 2012 at 4:39 AM

  22. Julie Catherine

    Oh wow, I love this poem! 🙂

    July 26, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    • Yes Julie – me too… so much passion around a fruit we usually just take for granted ….though I do love lemons 🙂 xo

      July 26, 2012 at 2:45 PM

  23. Love it! Reminds me of a poem I once wrote:
    http://sjfldk.wordpress.com/poems/208-2/sweet-potato/

    August 19, 2012 at 5:47 PM

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