I wanted to reproduce a poem by the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (1904-1973), (translated by Alastair Reid) for you which is called Keeping Quiet....but alas the required permissions to do so are incredibly laborious. The publishers (not the poet!) want me to have a copy of the book in hand so that I can fill in a form with about 20 different esoteric bits of information - almost to the point of counting the full stops (periods) in the entire book!!! Plus full details of my entire existence!!!
The poem is so appropriate at this time of year - when we're singing about silent nights but not really thinking (or cogitating!) about the importance of silence.
The message is so strong - for all of us of course, but for artists in particular. It is difficult to create beauty in the midst of noise and chaos....we need silence.
and here's the link to the full poem...do read it.
All my very best wishes for the holiday season (however you celebrate it) to all my blog readers.
And if you have been, thank you so much for reading all year long! Elizabeth