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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  • Bronze Star - 2,124 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

  • Rookie - 523 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 - 37 Points Colleen Courtney (6/7/2014 4:07:00 AM)

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

  • Veteran Poet - 1,625 Points Herbert Guitang (4/27/2014 11:40:00 AM)

    A message about carnality
    Very enlightening (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 59 Points Brian Jani (4/27/2014 2:14:00 AM)

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

  • Rookie - 59 Points Brian Jani (4/27/2014 2:14:00 AM)

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

  • Rookie - 59 Points Brian Jani (4/27/2014 2:14:00 AM)

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

  • Rookie - 59 Points Brian Jani (4/27/2014 2:14:00 AM)

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

  • Silver Star - 3,324 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 - 39,733 Points 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

  • 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 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 - 13,873 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 - 5 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 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

  • Rookie 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

    Rookie - 523 Points Gigi Levin (9/12/2014 12:33:00 PM)

    Are you serious? These disgusting comments have to stop. Your sexual slurs about such a great poet make me want to puke. If you really like Neruda, say so without being a perv.

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