Pablo Neruda

(12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973 / Parral)

Sonnet Xxv - Poem by Pablo Neruda

Before I loved you, love, nothing was my own:
I wavered through the streets, among
Nothing mattered or had a name:
The world was made of air, which waited.

I knew rooms full of ashes,
Tunnels where the moon lived,
Rough warehouses that growled 'get lost',
Questions that insisted in the sand.

Everything was empty, dead, mute,
Fallen abandoned, and decayed:
Inconceivably alien, it all

Belonged to someone else - to no one:
Till your beauty and your poverty
Filled the autumn plentiful with gifts.

Comments about Sonnet Xxv by Pablo Neruda

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (2/11/2016 1:29:00 AM)

    Superb imagery and the status of man in love loosing self. (Report) Reply

    Souren Mondal Souren Mondal (2/14/2016 12:07:00 AM)

    I agree with you Asim.. It is a beautiful poem..

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  • Fabrizio Frosini (11/24/2015 5:38:00 AM)

    Soneto XXV... em português...

    Antes de amar-te, amor, nada era meu:
    vacilei pelas ruas e as coisas:
    nada contava nem tinha nome:
    o mundo era do ar que esperava.

    E conheci salões cinzentos,
    túneis habitados pela lua,
    hangares cruéis que se despediam,
    perguntas que insistiam na areia.

    Tudo estava vazio, morto e mudo,
    caído, abandonado e decaído,
    tudo era inalienavelmente alheio,

    tudo era dos outros e de ninguém,
    até que tua beleza e tua pobreza
    de dádivas encheram o outono.
    (Report) Reply

  • john tiong chunghoo (7/4/2006 7:57:00 AM)

    your genius shines through in this poem. you use so many apt and effective examples to let us feel your pain and joy for a love.; (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, April 5, 2003

Poem Edited: Friday, May 16, 2008

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