Pablo Neruda

(12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973 / Parral)

Love Sonnet XVII - Poem by Pablo Neruda

I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way

than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.


Comments about Love Sonnet XVII by Pablo Neruda

  • M Sagnik Das (5/24/2017 10:36:00 AM)


    wooow...interesting
    I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
    in secret, between the shadow and the and the soul
    I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
    I love you because I know no other way
    than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
    so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
    so close that your eyes close as I fall
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  • Jane Urhobocha Ejobofor (2/15/2017 2:55:00 PM)

    wooow...interesting
    I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
    in secret, between the shadow and the and the soul
    I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
    I love you because I know no other way
    than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
    so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
    so close that your eyes close as I fall
    (Report) Reply

  • Marie Francis (2/15/2017 12:15:00 PM)

    as certain dark things are to be loved
    Love without discrimination. One that sees the flawed and can still find expression. (Report) Reply

  • (2/15/2017 7:39:00 AM)


    A great love song penned by an equally great poet. (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (2/15/2017 5:48:00 AM)


    Awesome poetry. The love here is selfless and totally unconditional. Loved it. (Report) Reply

  • Indira Renganathan (2/15/2017 4:18:00 AM)


    well said verses on true love....10 (Report) Reply

  • (2/15/2017 4:09:00 AM)

    Love Sonnet XVII
    Now that's what you call a real, intense, out of this earth, Love poem.!
    In English, it's like white wine
    In Spanish, red wine, full of force, beauty and passion, with the poetic-power of the Latin-lover.
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (2/15/2017 4:03:00 AM)

    So close!
    Dark things. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (2/15/2017 2:52:00 AM)

    tom allport
    a lovely poem of an individuals way of loving someone? (Report) Reply

  • Bharati Nayak (2/15/2017 2:01:00 AM)


    I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
    I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
    so I love you because I know no other way

    than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
    so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
    so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.
    - - - - - - - - An intense feeling of love so wonderfully expressed- - - -
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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (2/15/2017 1:13:00 AM)


    Hand on my chest.... Thanks fior sharing..... (Report) Reply

  • (3/31/2016 8:07:00 AM)


    Exact. On the mark. (Report) Reply

  • A Waltz For Zizi (1/27/2014 1:05:00 PM)


    This is really amazing (Report) Reply

  • Luce Darwin (4/21/2013 2:11:00 AM)


    My favorite poem... ever. (Report) Reply

  • (2/26/2012 4:41:00 AM)


    What a beautiful poem...it truly puts into words how I feel. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 29, 2010

Poem Edited: Tuesday, June 23, 2015


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