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

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I Crave Your Mouth, Your Voice, Your Hair

I crave your mouth, your voice, your hair.
Silent and starving, I prowl through the streets.
Bread does not nourish me, dawn disrupts me, all day
I hunt for the liquid measure of your steps.

I hunger for your sleek laugh,
your hands the color of a savage harvest,
hunger for the pale stones of your fingernails,
I want to eat your skin like a whole almond.

I want to eat the sunbeam flaring in your lovely body,
the sovereign nose of your arrogant face,
I want to eat the fleeting shade of your lashes,

and I pace around hungry, sniffing the twilight,
hunting for you, for your hot heart,
like a puma in the barrens of Quitratue.


Translated by Stephen Tapscott

Submitted: Thursday, May 05, 2011
Edited: Thursday, May 05, 2011


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  • Suchismita Pattnaik (7/2/2012 7:22:00 AM)

    hahaahhaha.... totaly different view of love.... grate u r.....

    love it..

    7 person liked.
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  • Venus Blue (2/2/2012 9:05:00 PM)

    My ex loved Neruda. She was extremely unstable, passionate and at time very cruel, she scared the hell out of me and I loved her for it.

  • Abhishek Tiwari (10/13/2011 2:46:00 AM)

    Pablo is the great..
    Simple and straight..

  • Kimberly Griffith (7/23/2011 8:42:00 PM)

    Oh my gosh is that not the picture of a man, or woman in love? ? ? Awesome! ! ! I luv it! ! !

  • Mohammad Akmal Nazir (5/11/2011 1:38:00 AM)

    Wonderful poem. A bit different from the conventional view of love.
    Great write.
    A fine 10 indeed.

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