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Pablo Neruda

I can write the saddest lines tonight.
Write for example: ‘The night is full of stars
and they shiver, blue, those stars, in the distance’
The night wind turns in the sky and sings.
I can write the saddest lines tonight.
I loved her, sometimes she loved me too.

On nights like these I held her in my arms.
I kissed her greatly under the infinite sky.

She loved me, sometimes I loved her too.
How could I not have loved her huge, still eyes.

I can write the saddest lines tonight.
To think I don’t have her, to feel I have lost her.

Hear the vast night, vaster without her.
Lines fall on the soul like dew on the grass.

What does it matter that I couldn’t keep her.
The night is fractured and she is not with me.

That is all. Someone sings far off. Far off,
my soul is not content to have lost her.

As though to reach her, my sight looks for her.
My heart looks for her: she is not with me

The same night whitens, in the same branches.
We, from that time, we are not the same.

I don’t love her, that’s certain, but how I loved her.
My voice tried to find the breeze to reach her.

Another’s kisses on her, like my kisses.
Her voice, her bright body, infinite eyes.

I don’t love her, that’s certain, but perhaps I love her.
Love is brief: forgetting lasts so long.

Since, on these nights, I held her in my arms,
my soul is not content to have lost her.

Though this is the last pain she will make me suffer,
and these are the last lines I will write for her.

-Neruda, from ‘Twenty poems of love and a song of despair’

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  1. March 10, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    Beautiful poem! I especially like the ending:
    “Though this is the last pain she will make me suffer,
    and these are the last lines I will write for her.”

    I am adding you amoung my friend blogs. If you would rather not, lemme know..

  2. March 11, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    My favorite line is:
    “I don’t love her, that’s certain, but perhaps I love her.
    Love is brief: forgetting lasts so long.”

    And by all means add me! I added your blog on my blogroll without permission. If you would rather not lemme know!

  3. March 11, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    No problem about the link. However, I actually misread the last two lines. I read them as:
    “Though this is not the last pain she will make me suffer,
    these are the last lines I will write for her.”
    He he, it’s different now

  4. Emily
    March 16, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    thanks for sharing!
    the poem is so lovely, so nostalgic, so sad!
    it describes that once-upon-a-time feeling or is it?!

  5. mohitthatte
    March 17, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    Thanks for the comment Emily 😉

  6. Jyo
    March 20, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    I love this poem even though its heart breaking but at sametime its heart touching too..

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