Who is Pablo Neruda?
“But if each day each hour you feel that you are destined for me with implacable sweetness…”
By far one of the most talented voices in South American literature, Pablo Neruda’s work makes for a lasting legacy that keeps him at the forefront of modern poetry to this day. His poems about love are romantic, erotic, thrilling and breathtaking, and works that everyone in love should know.
Some critics believe this poem is actually about his love for his homeland of Chile, while other believe that it was written in loving devotion to his wife Maltide Urrutia, but in any interpretation, it is a poem expressing deep love and passion. Read this to your honey if you are sure of your relationship and are planning on the long haul.
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 Sonnet