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Sonnet XVII - Pablo Neruda (Great Poetry Workshop)

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 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.

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This is one of the many great poems that Pablo Neruda wrote this poem came to light in the movie "Patch Adams" its exquisitely written and it tells of a quiet dark love he writes so passionately that one cannot fail to be moved

This poem speaks to me on many levels

Jayne-Chloe

("Always and Forever") - (Never lose a holy curiosity.-Albert Einstein)

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This is one for my memories, that hold that rose for ever..
A beautiful meaningful piece to someone who is a secret..
Thank you for finding and loving this great Sonnet.
One thing I do regret about being older, there seems to be a shortage of time to read all those things that I have missed or to do all those things I would like to have done.
I wonder how many regrets we hold in each facet of our beings and the thoughts brought out by a write such as this one,
Take care young lady, I am content with nearly all the things I have left undone but that is another story and a secret LOL,
Yours as always Ian.T

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There are a million reasons to believe in yourself,
So find more reasons to believe in others..

I have many poems I've yet to read I have a 700 page book with all of Pablo Nerudas poems there isn't a week that goes past that I don't find a new (or old in some cases
)

I'm very happy you liked this one it's a personal favourite of mine

Love Jc xxx

("Always and Forever") - (Never lose a holy curiosity.-Albert Einstein)

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This is my favorite poem of all time. I especially love reading in it's original Spanish. So beautiful.

its also a personal favourite of mine thanks for rereading and enjoying it I dont speak spanish but I wish I could

cheers JC x

("Always and Forever") - (Never lose a holy curiosity.-Albert Einstein)

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It's on my list of great poem. I'm glad you posted it

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I am very happy you liked this one its one of my all time favourites

thank you for reading it

love JC xxx

("Always and Forever") - (Never lose a holy curiosity.-Albert Einstein)

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*The Collaboration Poetry Workshop
Eternal Renga
Amqerican Version of Japanese Poetry
All Neopoet members are welcome to join in the round robin fun.
Collaboration Poetry Workshop

No surprise your choice of author lol. Even in translation the intensity of love comes through. Would I be correct to assume this rhymes in original language? It feels like it might. BTW check typo line 13. Not being multilingual that about takes care of all I can contribute about this poem lol..............stan

No guesses who I would choose I do so love his verse, I cant say if it rhymes in the original language but I will find out and let you know, you have me wondering now :P

thanks for reading and leaving a comment

love JC x

("Always and Forever") - (Never lose a holy curiosity.-Albert Einstein)

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Hands down, whatever nebulous qualifications of a "Great" poem are contained here.

Applause!

Ron

Blue Demon77

"What I want is to be what I was before the knife,
before the brooch pin, before the salve, fixed me in this parenthesis:
Horses fluent in the wind. A place, a time gone out of mind."

The Eye Mote-Sylvia Plath

I am very happy you liked this one !! thanks for the read and the comment

love JC xxx

("Always and Forever") - (Never lose a holy curiosity.-Albert Einstein)

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