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Below is the poem entitled Neruda which was written by poet Ray Dillard. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Self made men like you are rare
Such vision and passion you had to share

So sure at such an early age
Of words you placed upon a page

Love flowed through your soul and veins
And spilled upon the pages plain

You pawned everything a man can know
So sure of what you had to show

Then politics became your passion
And people's poet was your fashion

Exiled by the heads of state
Hiding was your newest fate

Until awards upon you fell 
And sent you from the man made hell

And though you may no longer live
The words you left will always give.

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  1. Date: 12/13/2012 10:00:00 AM
    smiles..really admiring......

  1. Date: 6/7/2010 3:22:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win Ray in the Pablo Neruda contest sponsored by Raul Moreno. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/7/2010 12:02:00 PM
    Nice use of rhyme and imagery to share your thoughts. Congratulations on your win in Raul's contest. Enjoy your honor. Wishing you many more. Karen

  1. Date: 6/6/2010 3:25:00 PM
    Congrats Ray on your winning poem in Raul's contest with this amazing portrayal of his life... enjoy the success of victory my friend and partner.. with luv.. from the "Sweetheart"

  1. Date: 6/6/2010 3:02:00 PM
    Ray, congratulations on your placement in my Pablo Neruda contest...Raul

  1. Date: 5/18/2010 5:30:00 PM
    Excellent Ray! Well written. Solid write. Best wishes in the contest. _Robert

  1. Date: 5/18/2010 9:18:00 AM
    Good luck in the contest, Ray...Very nice entry! .....Jimmy

  1. Date: 5/15/2010 5:14:00 PM
    You captured Neruda very well here. Best wishes in the contest. Chris.

  1. Date: 5/15/2010 4:40:00 PM
    Very nicely done, Ray! His words will always be left as his gift to us! ~ Carrie

  1. Date: 5/15/2010 4:07:00 PM
    well done, enjoyed, and keep it cool,..p.d.

  1. Date: 5/15/2010 2:39:00 PM
    We had to read this once we saw the title. :-)

  1. Date: 5/15/2010 2:21:00 PM
    Wow, I got chills reading this. You really captured the image of the poet so well, Ray. The brief time he spent in hiding, his politics, and the legacy Neruda left behind are brilliantly detailed in your poem. Don't think you need any good luck wishes; this poem is awesome! Love, Carolyn