poet Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda

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And Because Love Battles

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.

Poem Submitted: Wednesday, September 6, 2006
Poem Edited: Tuesday, May 10, 2011

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (6/19/2020 11:33:00 PM)

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

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (6/19/2020 9:19:00 PM)

    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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  • Mehta Hasmukh AmathalalMehta Hasmukh Amathalal (6/19/2020 8:10:00 PM)

    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 MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (6/19/2020 8:03:00 PM)

    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 Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (6/19/2020 1:34:00 PM)

    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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  • Shaun CronickShaun Cronick (6/19/2020 9:56:00 AM)

    Simply superb and sublime, the sheer power and majesty of Pablo Neruda at work.
    A joy to read, cherish and behold.

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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (6/19/2020 8:22:00 AM)

    Superb expressions by a Master of Poetic images.

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  • Dr Dillip K SwainDr Dillip K Swain (6/19/2020 6:21:00 AM)

    An outstanding love poem... unique of its kind. I have read many love poems by so many modern poets but I have never found the same flavour that I find with your work because you are unique, a class of your own! A great poem by a great poet! A million congratulations! !

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  • Parameswaran Nair Damodaran NairParameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair (6/19/2020 5:54:00 AM)

    .......like a kiss which falls from our invincible heights. Such heights are rarely seen. Great!

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  • Bharati Nayak (6/19/2020 3:08:00 AM)

    I don’t know anything about light, from where
    it comes nor where it goes,
    I only want the light to light up,
    - - - - - - - - A great poem of love.

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  • Cristobal obregon (3/8/2020 6:26:00 PM)

    An epic poet truly created magic

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  • Unnikrishnan E S (11/24/2018 9:10:00 PM)

    This is a what a man in love offers

    “complete love
    for all life,
    for all lives, “
    What else!

    As Shelley wrote,
    My heart bleeds for the lover in Neruda.

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  • M Maurice (10/30/2018 3:51:00 PM)

    What is bread doing in there?

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  • Nudershada CabanesNudershada Cabanes (12/10/2017 10:19:00 PM)

    An exquisitely woven love poem. A great and delightful read.

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  • Geeta Radhakrishna MenonGeeta Radhakrishna Menon (12/10/2017 9:00:00 PM)

    like a kiss which falls
    from our invincible heights
    to show the fire and the tenderness
    of a true love.

    A great poet with wonderful thoughts and imagery.

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (12/10/2017 8:25:00 AM)

    Iam neither good or bad......the great write ups of Neruda poem

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (12/10/2017 6:41:00 AM)

    Fire and tenderness of love can be felt by a kiss that comes above indeed! Sharing love all day with all life long is the wish of all!

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (12/10/2017 2:34:00 AM)

    Look at how she dresses! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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  • Deepak Kumar Pattanayak (12/10/2017 2:22:00 AM)

    Oh! such an adoration and such a pure and placid expression of love only become possible when the love of philosophy is kindled within.........very outstanding by a great poet...........thanks for sharing

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  • Indira RenganathanIndira Renganathan (11/8/2016 7:11:00 AM)

    from invincible heights a poem on love....great- 10

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