Sylvia Boorstein Reads Neruda’s “Keeping Quiet”

Monday, April 2, 2012 - 10:18 pm
Sylvia Boorstein expresses her point during a live event in suburban Detroit.

Sylvia Boorstein Reads Neruda’s “Keeping Quiet”

If we were not so single-minded
about keeping our lives moving,
and for once could do nothing,
perhaps the huge silence
might interrupt this sadness
of never understanding ourselves
and of frightening ourselves with death.

During our show this week, Krista Tippett asked Sylvia Boorstein to read the Pablo Neruda poem she always carries with her. Quite a few listeners have asked where they can hear “Keeping Quiet” again, so here she is reciting the poem in front of a live audience in suburban Detroit.

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