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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
singing.
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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