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Pablo Neruda

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

‘Carnal Apple, Woman Filled, Burning Moon,’


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.

Submitted: Monday, March 22, 2010
Edited: Sunday, June 19, 2011

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  • 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

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (3/26/2014 3:15:00 AM)

    Natural love though a lust but the moment wow..be 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Nihoulu Lee (6/12/2012 10:03:00 AM)

    i jerked it for like an hour to this. his profile pic is sooooo sexy
    I'm a 12 year old asian. (Report) Reply

  • Dr.subhendu Kar (11/17/2011 9:12:00 AM)

    what secret knowledge is clasped between your pillars? .......
    yet untrodden path of secrets fills apple to fall,
    gravity ramifies anchoring into deep of river,
    gratified heart to emblazon by light of Venus gloss
    oh we are just entwined in between floss of hold..................most thought provoking write i have ever read, (Report) Reply

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