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XVII (I do not love you…) – Pablo Neruda
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.


  • Jean M. Laffitau
    Jean M. Laffitaualmost 5 years ago

    A MASTER piece of art!!!

  • Lisa Defazio
    Lisa Defazioalmost 5 years ago

    love writing too :)

  • Tahnja
    Tahnjaalmost 5 years ago

    perfect image for the most compelling poem

  • micklyn
    micklynalmost 5 years ago

    very romantic image

  • Siju Doniston
    Siju Donistonalmost 5 years ago


  • limerick
    limerickalmost 5 years ago

    Stunning work.

  • Marg Thomson Photography
    Marg Thomson P...almost 5 years ago

    beautiful art AND the great Pablo Neruda! xoxox

    JUSTARTalmost 5 years ago


  • Edengirl
    Edengirlalmost 5 years ago

    So beautiful

  • Shannon Paskaruk
    Shannon Paskarukalmost 5 years ago

    great work!

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