Silent Words | The Old Women of the Ocean (Pablo Neruda) by Fran Jorgensen

Silent words is a feature where artists pair words and imagery together to speak volumes and express themselves freely. This session was done by Fran Jorgensen Photography, located in Melbourne, Australia. We are honored to share it with you all and are so grateful that Fran has found a seat at our table here at Unraveled.

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Gear used for this session:: Canon 5DMIII 35mm lens

Tell us more about the heart/story behind this session:: Pablo Neruda is an author dear to me because of it's relevance in the Chilean culture. My origins are Chilean and I have chosen this poem to take my images hand in hand and hopefully engage the viewer to explore deeply within their emotions. 

The Old Women of the Ocean


To the solemn sea the old women come
With their shawls knotted around their necks
With their fragile feet cracking. 

They sit down alone on the shore
Without moving their eyes or their hands
Without changing the clouds or the silence. 

The obscene sea breaks and claws
Rushes downhill trumpeting
Shakes its bull's beard. 

The gentle old ladies seated
As if in a transparent boat
They look at the terrorist waves. 

Where will they go and where have they been? 
They come from every corner
They come from our own lives. 

Now they have the ocean
The cold and burning emptiness
The solitude full of flames. 

They come from all the pasts
From houses which were fragrant
From burnt-up evenings. 

They look, or don't look, at the sea
With their walking sticks they draw signs in the sand
And the sea erases their calligraphy. 

The old women get up and go away
With their fragile bird feet
While the waves flood in
Traveling naked in the wind. 
Pablo Neruda

Sarah Driscoll