Now We Will Count to Twelve

And now we will count to twelve ~ and we will all keep still.
For once on the face of the earth ~ let's not speak in any language.
Lets stop for one second and not move our arms around so much.
If we were not so single-minded about keeping our lives moving ~ and for once could do nothing
perhaps a huge silence ~ might interrupt this sadness ~ of never understanding ourselves.
And of threatening ourselves with death.

Perhaps the earth can teach us ~ as when everything seems dead ~ and later proves to be alive.
Now I'll count up to twelve ~ and you keep quiet and I will go.
Pablo Neruda