The Naked Theologian turned Neruda's poem into a prayer:
Take this stanza from “Ode to the Table” by the Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda. The words in bold are Neruda’s originals; I added the italicized text to turn Neruda’s stanza into a prayer.
You made the world a table
“engulfed in honey and smoke,
smothered by apples and blood.
The table is already set,
and we know the truth
as soon as we are called:
whether we’re called to war or to dinner
we will have to choose sides,
have to know
how we’ll dress
at the long table,
whether we’ll wear the pants of hate
or the shirt of love, freshly laundered.
It’s time to decide,
Help us make the right choice, oh God.
Sixpence has recorded a song to a Neruda text (lyrics here; video here ). Time to tackle that one and pray it; maybe the smokng God will receive it as an offering ..