Pablo Neruda

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

Your Laughter - Poem by Pablo Neruda

Take bread away from me, if you wish,
take air away, but
do not take from me your laughter.

Do not take away the rose,
the lance flower that you pluck,
the water that suddenly
bursts forth in joy,
the sudden wave
of silver born in you.

My struggle is harsh and I come back
with eyes tired
at times from having seen
the unchanging earth,
but when your laughter enters
it rises to the sky seeking me
and it opens for me all
the doors of life.

My love, in the darkest
hour your laughter
opens, and if suddenly
you see my blood staining
the stones of the street,
laugh, because your laughter
will be for my hands
like a fresh sword.

Next to the sea in the autumn,
your laughter must raise
its foamy cascade,
and in the spring, love,
I want your laughter like
the flower I was waiting for,
the blue flower, the rose
of my echoing country.

Laugh at the night,
at the day, at the moon,
laugh at the twisted
streets of the island,
laugh at this clumsy
boy who loves you,
but when I open
my eyes and close them,
when my steps go,
when my steps return,
deny me bread, air,
light, spring,
but never your laughter
for I would die.

Comments about Your Laughter by Pablo Neruda

  • Gold Star - 19,143 Points Mohammed Asim Nehal (9/30/2015 1:24:00 PM)

    Awesome poem.......Master of love poetry. (Report) Reply

    2 person liked.
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  • Veteran Poet - 1,721 Points val Rogers (7/26/2015 8:06:00 AM)

    Just a melody sprinkled with sugar. Magnificent. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,085 Points Tanya Stewart-boateng (7/20/2015 12:33:00 PM)

    Absolutely exquisite. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,121 Points Phanice Wamukota (7/9/2015 2:19:00 AM)

    Pablo and love, the two are almost synonyms as far as poetry goes! ! Beautiful work. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 349 Points Samantha Belsey (5/31/2015 3:29:00 PM)

    I adore this poem and want someone to feel this way about my laugh. Exquisite penmanship as always, truly a master. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 11,827 Points Bharati Nayak (3/28/2015 11:59:00 AM)

    but when I open
    my eyes and close them,
    When my steps go
    When my steps return
    deny me bread, air
    light, spring
    but never your laughter
    for I would die.- -excellent expression of love.Find no words to describe the works of this great poet. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 36 Points Sandy Player (1/11/2013 9:32:00 AM)

    the first poem I ever enjoyed. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Gaki 24 (10/2/2012 10:23:00 AM)

    In the end this is what poetry is. (Report) Reply

    Rookie - 349 Points Samantha Belsey (5/31/2015 3:30:00 PM)

    Well said! isn't it just.

  • Rookie James Mallon (6/2/2012 10:56:00 AM)

    When my eyes tire and my step falters, do not deny me Mr. Neruda's poetry——for I would die. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Renjini Rajagopalan (3/1/2012 9:01:00 AM)

    Poignancy at its best. If one could ever learn to love a man by his words alone, I guess this would be it! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Preston Trip (1/24/2010 9:50:00 PM)

    it kinda cool how people who are good with words
    strike people dead to the center of there feelings so easily (Report) Reply

  • Rookie rago rago (6/18/2009 10:25:00 PM)

    laughter is a medicine in itself.......... what a nice write........ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Delilah Miller (12/10/2006 7:12:00 PM)

    I wish I had met Pablo Neruda. To be loved the way his poetry describes is almost surreal (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Naaz Neen (8/7/2006 9:41:00 AM)

    Wow! wish someone could write a poem about me like this.... very innocence yet powerful.... (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,724 Points john tiong chunghoo (7/4/2006 6:10:00 AM)

    you really love the woman huh, i really would love to listen to the laughter too. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie space Sweeper (5/27/2005 5:43:00 PM)

    sweet.....immense emotional play (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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