Saturday, January 14, 2012

pablo neruda - 1

"I love you like this because I don’t know any other way to love"

I don’t love you as if you were a rose of salt, topaz,
or arrow of carnations that propagate fire:
I love you as one loves certain obscure things,
secretly, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that doesn’t bloom but carries
the light of those flowers, hidden, within itself,
and thanks to your love the tight aroma that arose
from the earth lives dimly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where,
I love you directly without problems or pride:
I love you like this because I don’t know any other way to love,
except in this form in which I am not nor are you,
so close that your hand upon my chest is mine,
so close that your eyes close with my dreams.

Pablo Neruda, “One Hundred Love Sonnets: XVII” from The Essential Neruda: Selected Poems, edited by Mark Eisner. Copyright © 2004 City Lights Books.

in gratitude: this poem was picked up from the facebook page of delhidreams. thank you!


Onkar said...

Thanks for bringing such gems to us

How do we know said...

thank you... Neruda is a poet i have very recently discovered.. and totally love how well he articulates what most of us feel and cannot tell..