Oh, the comfort of a just-right pair of socks. They’re often hand-knitted, sometimes stylish, frequently cozy, usually matching, generally underappreciated, and seldom celebrated.
In his 1956 ode to these ordinary, everyday objects that we literally crush under our feet, Pablo Neruda — the Nobel-Prize-winning, Chilean poet-diplomat word-wizard — reminds us of the simple pleasure of unremarkable-extraordinary things. And, by extension, the joy to be found in the everyday.
and then my shoes.
Psst… The sock maker Maru Mori, referenced at the beginning of the poem, was the wife and muse of Pablo Neruda’s friend Camilo Muri, a Chilean painter.
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