Video Game as Poetry

download here:
Passage_v3_Windows.exe
Passage_v3_MacOSX.dmg

control notes:

  • Press any button (or key) to start the game.
  • Use left analog stick (or arrow keys) to move character (up, down, left, right).
  • F (on keyboard) to toggle fullscreen mode.
  • B (on keyboard) to adjust screen blow-up factor.
  • Q or ESC (on keyboard) to quit.

Spend 5 minutes in this game and you will probably cry. You may begin to understand the pull a video game can have on a child, on a lonely adult, on a teenager in college.
Or you may just think it is a silly waste of time, when you could have been scrubbing your toilet or cleaning the dust from under your fridge.

In that case don’t even bother reading this:

XVII (I do not love you…)

I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way

than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.

~ Pablo Neruda

4 responses on “Video Game as Poetry

  1. Churlita

    I love Neruda. When my daughter was just getting into poetry in junior high, I sent her straight to Neruda and Derek Walcott.