Sonnet XVII by Pablo Neruda

Sonnet XVII
by Pablo Neruda
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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.
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6 comments

  1. the last two stanzas blew me away 😮 what a lovely poem!

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  2. OH THIS SONNET’S THE ONE I LOVE THE MOST FROM NERUDA. ❤ I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul. Those have always been my favorite lines.

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    • Me too!! It’s so deep! Are you still active in LJ? I think something like WordPress suits you. I just don’t know how to follow Blogspot users (Carissa?) for someone like me who does not have an account in Blogspot 😦 hahaha

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  3. Hello!! I love this poem! I remember discussing this in our Lit class in HS and in college. It’s also one of Pablo Neruda’s clean ones lol You should watch Il Postino, its on pablo neruda 🙂 not sure if its fiction tho haha

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