To me, Neruda is explaining why we read poetry. It makes us stop doing for the sake of reflection and appreciation of being and what is being around us. In the wake of the trial and the death we witnessed before that, this poem helps me to restore a sense of calm about living. I want to give a copy of it to everyone I know, and I imagine leaving copies of it in public places. Thank you for giving me this place to receive and a place to leave my response.