The Ashes

Pablo Neruda

This is the age of ashes.
Ashes of burned children,
of cold trials of hell,
ashes of eyes that cried
not knowing what was happening
before they were turned to ash,
ashes of gothic virgins
and small wire windows,
ashes of raucous cellars,
crumbling shops,
ashes of famous hands.
And to recount and close
the ashen chapter
in the victory of Berlin,
the ashes of the murderer
in his own ashtray.

Last updated November 14, 2022