Loyal But Not Faithful

In honor of voyages to the Andes, I humbly submit a poem about Pablo Neruda’s funeral, as I understand it from Adam Feinstein’s strong biography.

Loyal But Not Faithful

Loyal but not faithful
As a drinking vessel
Shipped across political lines
Changing hands, without an owner
Its shared history remembered to all
By its unforced presence
Long after the death of its gifter.

“Present!” I shout,
Tears flooding.
Present at your funeral.
Present in my nakedness before
The world.
Your house, built upon rock

There was always blood
And wine
Each endlessly offered
As the present.


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