Pablo Neruda & Matilde Urrutia Courtesy of Sara Facio, 1972.

As Me as a Bird.

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A free interpretation of the homonym poem by Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, The Me Bird follows the journey of a ballerina who is in search for freedom. Made by the folk over at 18bis, each component of the short film seems to have some metaphoric relevance. For instance, the frame in which the ballerina in place represents a jail, and that jail is the past. Also feel free to watch the making of The Me Bird.


I am the Pablo Bird,
bird of a single feather,
a flier in the clear shadow
and obscure clarity,
my wings are unseen,
my ears resound
when I walk among the trees
or beneath the tombstones
like an unlucky umbrella
or a naked sword,
stretched like a bow
or round like a grape,
I fly on and on not knowing,
wounded in the dark night,
who is waiting for me,
who does not want my song,
who desires my death,
who will not know I’m arriving
and will not come to subdue me,
to bleed me, to twist me,
or to kiss my clothes,
torn by the shrieking wind.


That’s why I come and go,
fly and don’t fly but sing:
I am the furious bird
of the calm storm.

– Pablo Neruda

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