I want to see the thirst inside the syllables I want to touch the fire in the sound: I want to feel the darkness of the cry. I want words as rough as virgin rocks. ― Pablo Neruda, from “Verb,” Las Manos del Dia. Published by Editorial Losada (1970) Advertisements
I am nothing but the empty net which has gone on ahead of human eyes, dead in those darknesses, of fingers accustomed to the triangle, longitudes on the timid globe of an orange. I walked around as you do, investigating the endless star, and in my net, during the night, I woke up naked, the… Continue reading Pablo Neruda
XII Para Mi Corazon (Your Breast is Enough) Your breast is enough for my heart, and my wings for your freedom. What was sleeping above your soul will rise out of my mouth to heaven. In you is the illusion of each day. You arrive like the dew to the cupped flowers. You undermine the… Continue reading Pablo Neruda
I should like to sleep like a cat, with all the fur of time, with a tongue rough as flint, with the dry sex of fire; and after speaking to no one, stretch myself over the world, over roofs and landscapes, with a passionate desire to hunt the rats in my dreams.” ― Pablo Neruda,… Continue reading Pablo Neruda
Sonnet XL Green was the silence, wet was the light the month of June trembled like a butterfly and in the south dominion, from the sea and the stones, Matilde, you traversed the midday. You were loaded with ferrous flowers, seaweeds that the south wind torments and forgets, still white, shrivelled by the devouring salt,… Continue reading Pablo Neruda
Always, always you recede through the evenings towards where the twilight goes erasing statues. — Pablo Neruda, from “We Have Lost Even,” Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair, trans. W.S. Merwin. (Penguin Classics, 2004)
Loving is a journey with water and with stars, with smothered air and abrupt storms of flour: loving is a clash of lightning-bolts and two bodies defeated by a single drop of honey. — Pablo Neruda, from “Sonnet XII,” Selected Poems. (San Val, September 1990) Originally published 1961.