“Ode to My Socks”

One of my favorite Latin American poets of all time is Pablo Neruda, a writer from Chile who wrote several odes to pay homage to some of the most ordinary material objects of daily existence, including the sea, salt, and even onions! One of my favorite poems by Neruda is called “Ode to My Socks”, and considering the fact that we have just gotten one of our first real snows this year on campus, I thought it would be relevant to post my favorite part of this poem for you to enjoy:


Twice beautiful is beauty and what is good is doubly good when it is a case of two woolen socks in wintertime.


So simple, yet so great. Just like woolen socks themselves.


– Allison

2 thoughts to ““Ode to My Socks””

  1. I like it! Sometimes the simple things are the best. That poem reminded me of a passage in Annie Dillard’s essay, “Seeing.”

    “But if you cultivate a healthy poverty and simplicity, so that finding a penny will literally make your day, then, since the world is in fact planted in pennies, you have with your poverty bought a lifetime of days. ”


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