And Because Love Battles Poem by Pablo Neruda

And Because Love Battles

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And because love battles
not only in its burning agricultures
but also in the mouth of men and women,
I will finish off by taking the path away
to those who between my chest and your fragrance
want to interpose their obscure plant.

About me, nothing worse
they will tell you, my love,
than what I told you.

I lived in the prairies
before I got to know you
and I did not wait love but I was
laying in wait for and I jumped on the rose.

What more can they tell you?
I am neither good nor bad but a man,
and they will then associate the danger
of my life, which you know
and which with your passion you shared.

And good, this danger
is danger of love, of complete love
for all life,
for all lives,
and if this love brings us
the death and the prisons,
I am sure that your big eyes,
as when I kiss them,
will then close with pride,
into double pride, love,
with your pride and my pride.

But to my ears they will come before
to wear down the tour
of the sweet and hard love which binds us,
and they will say: “The one
you love,
is not a woman for you,
Why do you love her? I think
you could find one more beautiful,
more serious, more deep,
more other, you understand me, look how she’s light,
and what a head she has,
and look at how she dresses,
and etcetera and etcetera”.

And I in these lines say:
Like this I want you, love,
love, Like this I love you,
as you dress
and how your hair lifts up
and how your mouth smiles,
light as the water
of the spring upon the pure stones,
Like this I love you, beloved.

To bread I do not ask to teach me
but only not to lack during every day of life.
I don’t know anything about light, from where
it comes nor where it goes,
I only want the light to light up,
I do not ask to the night
explanations,
I wait for it and it envelops me,
And so you, bread and light
And shadow are.

You came to my life
with what you were bringing,
made
of light and bread and shadow I expected you,
and Like this I need you,
Like this I love you,
and to those who want to hear tomorrow
that which I will not tell them, let them read it here,
and let them back off today because it is early
for these arguments.

Tomorrow we will only give them
a leaf of the tree of our love, a leaf
which will fall on the earth
like if it had been made by our lips
like a kiss which falls
from our invincible heights
to show the fire and the tenderness
of a true love.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Mimi Mata 13 July 2010

SEE...This is why Neruda is my favorite poet of 'all time'... And because love battles not only in its burning agricultures but also in the mouth of men and women, I will finish off by taking the path away to those who between my chest and your fragrance want to interpose their obscure plant.

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James Sides 01 August 2008

About me, nothing worse they will tell you, my love, than what I told you. Thats a beautiful stanza

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Jack Williams 24 August 2009

Love requires no explanation. Quite right!

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Sohini Sengupta 25 March 2012

people always have a say about how to water your garden...what flower to plant.... leaving their own gardens uncatered. this poem shows depth of love...that chooses, notwithstanding faults and grave pasts...... it is a beautiful poem nothing hopelessly petrarchan..or metaphysical.... but a genuine poem.

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Damian Mccoy 25 April 2007

The last paragraph, My god the voice of the master of emotion, i feel his work sometimes so heavily that it makes me cry with joy that there once a man alive not afraid to write the truth of true love, so never relenting in the mind in the beholder yet so fleeting. He knew no fear, Dee

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Ratnakar Mandlik 19 June 2020

Fire and tenderness of true love marvelously narrated. Well deserved modern poem of the day.

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Mahtab Bangalee 19 June 2020

Love Name of battle on the field of incomprehensible mind Love wins Where the mind firely burns everything Love Knows not good or bad way of life But for great unity it's ready to ultimate sacrifice

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Nice one.. real love.. clear 10 No fairy tales Saturday,19th June 2010 Love has its path the confidence and faith with commitment till the last breathe and adoring the death Hasmukh Mehta

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Kumarmani Mahakul 19 June 2020

Tomorrow we will only give them a leaf of the tree of our love, a leaf which will fall on the earth...... meaningful lines with lofty theme. Beautiful poem by Pablo Neruda.

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Dr Antony Theodore 19 June 2020

like if it had been made by our lips like a kiss which falls from our invincible heights to show the fire and the tenderness of a true love.- wonderful poem of the great Pablo. tony

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