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Pablo Neruda

You change
between teeth and desire
into nothing but
cool light
that loosens
into a stream
that touched us
And thus
you don’t weigh us down
in the burning
siesta hour,
you don’t weigh us down,
you just
go by
and your great heart like a cold ember
changed into the water
of a single drop.

— Pablo Neruda, from “Ode to a Watermelon,” Full Woman, Fleshly Apple, Hot Moon: Selected Poems of Pablo Neruda (HarperFlamingo, 1997)


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