I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride. ~ Pablo Neruda.

Via on Apr 7, 2012

 

A little advice.

Instead of asking him or her out, send ‘em Neruda.

If you might love someone, but do not know what love is. If they might lust, but have not imagined that they love you, and they are sometimes sad. If you have loved them for years, and lusted, but felt quiet beneath his gaze, or too caring beneath hers.

…Instead of asking him out, instead of asking her out, instead of telling him you want more, instead of telling her you want it all, send him or her Pablo Neruda. ~ ed.

~

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.

~ Pablo Neruda

~

More: Letting Go Isn’t Pretty.


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17 Responses to “I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride. ~ Pablo Neruda.”

  1. Suresh Nair says:

    Simply amazing :-)

  2. yogasamurai says:

    Pablo siempre me ayuda. Les vuelve locas a las mujeres. :o))

  3. yogasamurai says:

    The postman in Il Postino told Neruda that he didn't actually "steal" one of the famous poet's love poems. Rather, since he needed it so badly – to seduce the village belle – it belonged to him more.

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  5. Tonya says:

    wow…

  6. Tonya says:

    beautiful and haunting. I'm going to be thinking about this poem all day long.

  7. melissa says:

    yes.

  8. godojoaquin says:

    what a great poem!

  9. dreamsinalaska says:

    Beautiful

  10. anastomoses2013 says:

    Lovely – thank you!

  11. lynn says:

    Beautiful poem, but very tacky photos.

  12. Amy E says:

    Very beautiful! I can perfectly relate to this poem. Some feelings are impossible to describe, or understand. They just live. Love the melancholic tone of the poem. Melancholy can also be cherished. It comes from the soul.

  13. grace says:

    The words would have been plenty. Beautiful. Ironically, the photos are childish.

  14. Megan says:

    Exactly my thoughts which I've always tried to put into words. Thank you for sharing this. :)

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