"I CAN WRITE THE SADDEST LINES...." Pablo Neruda
I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between 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 simply, without problems or pride:
I love you in this way
because I don't know any other way of loving
but this, in which there is no I nor you,
so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand,
so intimate that when I fall asleep
it is your eyes that close.
Pablo Neruda is a Chilean poet, activist, politician and one who dreamt of changing the world. His works was translated into different languages. A fellow novelist Colombian Gabriel Gracia Marquez called him "the greatest poet of the 20th century in any language."
His works are composed of erotically charged poems, historical epics and mostly about love like his Twenty Poems of love and a Song of Despair.
His works will always be in the heart of his followers and those who appreciate his work. That's the blessing of poetry, it travels, it affects and move us beyond and everybody of us can be a poet. Without further ado, I am sharing with you the poetry readings of the works of Pablo Neruda. I hope you enjoy it.
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:
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that when you close your eyes......... Fall asleep...!
I am sorry......
This is a Robin Williams version from PATCH, the film.