Sunday, February 13, 2011

A Poem for Valentine's Day


Happy Valentine's Day everyone, hope it is sweet for all of you! I'll be announcing the winner of the Follower Love Giveaway Hop when I get home from work, but until then I leave you with this poem by Pablo Neruda....it's one of my favorites =)

Sonnet XVII


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

8 comments:

SusanKMann said...

Aww what a lovely poem x

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

O I adore him!

You've made me want to go buy a book of his poetry as a treat to my self.

Thank you!

Happy Valentine's Day!

April (BooksandWine) said...

What a gorgeous poem.

Pablo Neruda rocks and has such a way with words.

Midnyte Reader said...

That is a beautiful poem.

Mrs. DeRaps said...

My heart leaps at hearing Neruda...Love him to pieces. Thanks for sharing.

Anna said...

Awww, love the poem! Happy Valentine's Day!

nicole said...

dude: i get why its your favourite!

'i love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul.'

oh the pretty!

Rikki said...

I have only recently discovered Neruda and his love poems are among the nicest and most intense. I love them.