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Sonnet XVII
Pablo Neruda
Cientos Sonetos de Amor

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
Joined: 7/31/2009
Msg: 2
Neruda's romantic/erotic poetry
Posted: 8/4/2009 4:10:23 PM
Pablo Neruda - Always

I am not jealous
of what came before me.

Come with a man
on your shoulders,
come with a hundred men in your hair,
come with a thousand men between your breasts and your feet,
come like a river
full of drowned men
which flows down to the wild sea,
to the eternal surf, to Time!

Bring them all
to where I am waiting for you;
we shall always be alone,
we shall always be you and I
alone on earth
to start our life!
Joined: 7/31/2009
Msg: 3
Neruda's romantic/erotic poetry
Posted: 8/4/2009 4:12:29 PM

I crave your mouth, your voice, your hair.
Silent and starving, I prowl through the streets.
Bread does not nourish me, dawn disrupts me, all day
I hunt for the liquid measure of your steps.

I hunger for your sleek laugh,
your hands the color of a savage harvest,
hunger for the pale stones of your fingernails,
I want to eat your skin like a whole almond.

I want to eat the sunbeam flaring in your lovely body,
the sovereign nose of your arrogant face,
I want to eat the fleeting shade of your lashes,

and I pace around hungry, sniffing the twilight,
hunting for you, for your hot heart,
Like a puma in the barrens of Quitratue.
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Msg: 4
Neruda's romantic/erotic poetry
Posted: 8/4/2009 4:12:44 PM

At times you sink, you fall
into your hole of silence,
into your abyss of proud anger,
and you can scarcely
return, still bearing remnants
of what you found
in the depths of your existence.

My love, what do you find
in you closed well?
Seaweed, swamps, rocks?
What do you see with blind eyes,
bitter and wounded?

Darling, you will not find
in the well into which you fall
what I keep for you on the heights:
a bouquet of dewy jasmines,
a kiss deeper that your abyss.

Do not fear me, do not fall
into your rancor again.
Shake off my word that
came to wound you
and let it fly through the open window.

It will return to wound
without you guiding it
since it was laden with a harsh instant
and that instant will be disarmed in my breast.

Smile at me radiant
if my mouth wounds you
I am not a gentle shepherd
like the ones in fairy tales,
but a good woodsman who shares with you
earth, wind, and mountain thorns.

Love me, you, smile at me,
help me to be good.
Do not wound yourself in me,for it will be useless,
do not wound me because you wound yourself.
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Msg: 5
Neruda's romantic/erotic poetry
Posted: 8/4/2009 4:13:25 PM

Take breath away from me, if you wish,
take air away, but
do not take from me your laughter.

Do not take away the rose,
the lanceflower that you pluck,
the water that suddenly
bursts forth in your joy,
the sudden wave
of silver born in you.

My struggle is harsh and I come back
with eyes tired
at times from having seen
the unchanging earth,
but when your laughter enters
it rises to the sky seeking me
and it opens for me all
the doors of life.

My love, in the darkest
hour you laughter
opens, and if suddenly
you see my blood staining
the stones of the street,
laugh, because your laughter
will be for my hands
like a fresh sword.

Next tot the sea in the autumn,
your laughter must raise
its foamy cascade
and in the spring, love,
I want your laughter like
the flower I was waiting for,
the blue flower, the rose
of my echoing country.

Laugh at the night,
at the day, at the moon,
laugh at the twisted
streets of the island,
laugh at this clumsy
boy who loves you,
but when I open
my eyes and close them,
when my steps go,
when my steps return,
deny me bread, air
light, spring,
but never your laughter
for I would die.
Joined: 7/28/2008
Msg: 6
Neruda's romantic/erotic poetry
Posted: 8/4/2009 9:05:02 PM
Thank-you for these offerings of love and eroticism. Neruda nails it. My favourite poem of his.. was about children. I lost the poem. How sad. Yet these group of poems celebrate with strength and joy the relations between men and women. Again, thank-you for the time you took to post them.
Joined: 7/31/2009
Msg: 7
Neruda's romantic/erotic poetry
Posted: 8/5/2009 9:40:56 PM
Glad to do it - I discovered Neruda a few years ago, and love to read him in bilingual editions. His words are in such clear and simple Spanish, and his thoughts are so very clear and poignant.

If you can tell me more about the children poem, I'll see if I can find it. I've got quite a bit of his work on my shelves.

Take care,
Joined: 7/28/2008
Msg: 8
Neruda's romantic/erotic poetry
Posted: 8/6/2009 10:07:43 PM
..child with golden curls, brown...golden, sun defining and attenuating the poem. I am sure it was Neruda. Thank-you.
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Msg: 9
Neruda's romantic/erotic poetry
Posted: 10/11/2010 8:59:15 PM
Mine too, still!! Found it. Google Pablo Neruda. Brown and agile child, indeed.
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