Friday, March 6, 2009

Ceremony Reading: 100 Love Sonnets (excerpt) by Pablo Neruda

100 Love Sonnets (excerpt)
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.

Photo: Paul Johnson


lisa said...

your site is awesome! Fun to look through...thanks for the inspiration girl!

Teresa said...

Those last few sentences... wow.

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