Pablo Neruda

(12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973 / Parral / Chile)

‘carnal Apple, Woman Filled, Burning Moon,’ - Poem by Pablo Neruda

Carnal apple, Woman filled, burning moon,
dark smell of seaweed, crush of mud and light,
what secret knowledge is clasped between your pillars?
What primal night does Man touch with his senses?
Ay, Love is a journey through waters and stars,
through suffocating air, sharp tempests of grain:
Love is a war of lightning,
and two bodies ruined by a single sweetness.
Kiss by kiss I cover your tiny infinity,
your margins, your rivers, your diminutive villages,
and a genital fire, transformed by delight,
slips through the narrow channels of blood
to precipitate a nocturnal carnation,
to be, and be nothing but light in the dark.

Comments about ‘carnal Apple, Woman Filled, Burning Moon,’ by Pablo Neruda

  • Gold Star - 69,158 Points Fabrizio Frosini (11/24/2015 2:54:00 AM)

    This poem by Pablo Neruda is filled with much sensual imagery that beautifully paints the image of a woman without sounding obscene, as expected from him. With the very first phrase “carnal apple”, Neruda sets the mood for the rest of the poem. The “apple”―alluding to the forbidden fruit of good and evil in the Garden of Eden―that is “carnal” suggests the speaker is describing his audience (the woman) as a tempting, bodily pleasure, and this idea is continued throughout the rest of the poem.
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  • Silver Star - 4,048 Points Kevin Patrick (11/25/2014 10:56:00 PM)

    The mans words translate into the sensuality of an artistic orgasm, people with high moral value may not like this, but for those who value truth and beauty this is great stuff/ (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 544 Points Gigi Levin (9/12/2014 12:35:00 PM)

    Nihoulu, shut the heck up. Nobody wants to read that kind of filth about poetry. You need to get a life. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 45 Points Colleen Courtney (6/7/2014 4:07:00 AM)

    Love the subtle sexuality of this particular poem. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 8,689 Points Herbert Guitang (4/27/2014 11:40:00 AM)

    A message about carnality
    Very enlightening (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 184 Points Brian Jani (4/27/2014 2:14:00 AM)

    Awesome I like this poem, check mine out  (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 184 Points Brian Jani (4/27/2014 2:14:00 AM)

    Awesome I like this poem, check mine out  (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 184 Points Brian Jani (4/27/2014 2:14:00 AM)

    Awesome I like this poem, check mine out  (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 184 Points Brian Jani (4/27/2014 2:14:00 AM)

    Awesome I like this poem, check mine out  (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 5,762 Points Patricia Grantham (4/10/2014 6:57:00 AM)

    Such a passionate write. Full of love and sweetness.
    Every word dripping with honey. Your way with words
    is excellent. Touche. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 39,822 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (3/26/2014 3:15:00 AM)

    Natural love though a lust but the moment nothing but light in the dark. A lightening into the heart through the darkness (privacy) of dark lovely Loved him my ...Pablo Neruda (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Usha Ramani (3/7/2014 3:04:00 AM)

    Riveting words! ! So intense! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Joan Balmania (10/24/2013 11:40:00 PM)

    Very sensual yet very artistic. Neruda really has a control over abstract and imagery. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 36 Points B. Laxmi Priya (7/17/2013 9:25:00 AM)

    An absolutely original composition. Sensuous to the very core. And unforgettable imagery. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Hsiaoshuang Chin (11/21/2012 9:41:00 AM)

    A woman's body during lovemaking will never look the same again after reading this poem! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Gene Rogers (10/30/2012 10:14:00 PM)

    I really like this poem in it's simplistic approach but yet elitism way he writes. I find a simple choice of subject so delightful in his approach to to address this subject. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 36,928 Points * Sunprincess * (10/5/2012 5:01:00 PM)

    Wow this is very nice and sure Pablo you must be a great lover..I love it.. :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 24 Points Buyi Newton Philip (9/14/2012 3:34:00 AM)

    its on thing one would call the ugly truth of the thesis of life. i have been read most of all your poems and have come up with only one definition of them all which is non, as the efforts put in, creativity and style speak for them selves as they appear their in.(if only it pleases sir i would request that kindly you may visit my page and go through one of my very own, 'More Worth Than A Father', after the share with me your opinion and its from here that i will brief you more about my anticipated 'poetic ball, scheduled to take place on the 29th/09/2012. otherwise all the best and am looking forward to hear from you any time soon. faithfully Buyi Newton Philip. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 7 Points Francisco Mateo (7/24/2012 6:09:00 PM)

    I read part of this poem in Wikipedia and Stephen Mitchell translated the line and two bodies ruined by a single sweetness. as and two bodies defeated by a single dropp of honey. which to me sounds so much better. Just giving you my opinion. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Nihoulu Lee (6/12/2012 10:05:00 AM)

    am i the only one with a boner or what. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 22, 2010

Poem Edited: Sunday, June 19, 2011

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