16 September, 2009

Love, by Pablo Neruda

What's wrong with you, with us,
what's happening to us?
Ah our love is a harsh cord
that binds us wounding us
and if we want
to leave our wound,
to separate,
it makes a new knot for us and condemns us
to drain our blood and burn together.

What's wrong with you? I look at you
and I find nothing in you but two eyes
like all eyes, a mouth
lost among a thousand mouths that I have kissed, more beautiful,
a body just like those that have slipped
beneath my body without leaving any memory.

And how empty you went through the world
like a wheat-colored jar
without air, without sound, without substance!
I vainly sought in you
depth for my arms
that dig, without cease, beneath the earth:
beneath your skin, beneath your eyes,
beneath your double breast scarcely
a current of crystalline order
that does not know why it flows singing.
Why, why, why,
my love, why?

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Madeleine said...

I can't put into words how much I love Neruda. I rather just have someone read one of his poems. I discovered years ago in high school, and it's safe to say it's an everlasting affair. Love love his words, my favorite poet for sure.

Anonymous said...

Pablo Neruda is hands down one of my favorite poets. I think it would be difficult to find a better collection of poems than, "Veinte poemas de amor y una canciĆ³n desesperada." Thank you for posting this.