Pablo Neruda

(12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973 / Parral)

Tonight I Can Write The Saddest Lines

Poem by Pablo Neruda

Tonight I can write the saddest lines.

Write, for example,'The night is shattered
and the blue stars shiver in the distance.'

The night wind revolves in the sky and sings.

Tonight I can write the saddest lines.
I loved her, and sometimes she loved me too.

Through nights like this one I held her in my arms
I kissed her again and again under the endless sky.

She loved me sometimes, and I loved her too.
How could one not have loved her great still eyes.

Tonight I can write the saddest lines.
To think that I do not have her. To feel that I have lost her.

To hear the immense night, still more immense without her.
And the verse falls to the soul like dew to the pasture.

What does it matter that my love could not keep her.
The night is shattered and she is not with me.

This is all. In the distance someone is singing. In the distance.
My soul is not satisfied that it has lost her.

My sight searches for her as though to go to her.
My heart looks for her, and she is not with me.

The same night whitening the same trees.
We, of that time, are no longer the same.

I no longer love her, that's certain, but how I loved her.
My voice tried to find the wind to touch her hearing.

Another's. She will be another's. Like my kisses before.
Her voide. Her bright body. Her inifinite eyes.

I no longer love her, that's certain, but maybe I love her.
Love is so short, forgetting is so long.

Because through nights like this one I held her in my arms
my sould is not satisfied that it has lost her.

Though this be the last pain that she makes me suffer
and these the last verses that I write for her.


Comments about Tonight I Can Write The Saddest Lines by Pablo Neruda

  • Hello (4/22/2020 7:49:00 PM)

    The poem is good, but your site has spelling errors.

    Her VOIDE (instead of voice) . Her bright body. Her INIFINITE (instead of infinite) eyes.

    Because through nights like this one I held her in my arms
    my SOULD (instead of soul) is not satisfied that it has lost her.

    Please correct your errors...(Report)Reply

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  • Alison MujatiAlison Mujati (3/31/2020 3:35:00 AM)

    Shame, i overlooked this poet...i was wrong, he has magical lines i can only learn from as a poet(Report)Reply

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  • Nermal (3/22/2020 1:38:00 AM)

    If he no longer loves her he should stop redirecting her page to love poems by Pablo Neruda...Pablo....jeez. Either or get off the toilet paper, there's a shortage.(Report)Reply

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  • this is so sad (10/25/2019 10:41:00 AM)

    this poem is so sad and, i hated it it was so(Report)Reply

    this is so sad(10/25/2019 10:42:00 AM)

    it was so //$hit

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  • Panagiota Romios (9/1/2019 1:34:00 PM)

    What a great poem. Neruda has done

    Panagiota Romios(Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (7/11/2019 2:18:00 AM)

    She loved me sometimes, and I loved her too.
    How could one not have loved her great still eyes.

    Tonight I can write the saddest lines.
    To think that I do not have her. To feel that I have lost her.

    To hear the immense night, still more immense without her.
    And the verse falls to the soul like dew to the pasture.

    it's beautiful poem
    love this poem
    to my FAV list
    great 10++++++++++++++++++++++++++++(Report)Reply

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  • Bill Cosby (4/10/2019 4:41:00 PM)

    What a lol.(Report)Reply

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  • Unnikrishnan E S (11/30/2018 10:45:00 AM)

    Absolutely amazing dribble of words and ideas.
    How I would love to read this marvel in original Spanish! And how I regret I never learned Spanish.(Report)Reply

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  • Noru SherpaNoru Sherpa (11/10/2018 6:47:00 AM)

    My all time favorite!(Report)Reply

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  • Steve Harvester (10/6/2018 3:35:00 AM)

    I came here having heard it read on YouTube by Tom O’Bedlam. It is heartbreaking, and inspiring. I have not had the courage to write my saddest lines, to address my lost one with all the poetry my heart can bring forth. Neruda calls forth in me that courage.(Report)Reply

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  • Shahid Hussain Raja (10/1/2018 9:47:00 AM)

    Love is so short, forgetting is so long.(Report)Reply

    Meandmypillows(12/15/2018 1:57:00 PM)

    thats a quote from him

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  • LargeDong69_420Xx (9/27/2018 12:32:00 PM)

    Alexa play despicable me 5(Report)Reply

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  • Snarky (9/18/2018 10:23:00 AM)

    absolutely amazing! really, really felt that.(Report)Reply

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  • mia kalifa (8/27/2018 12:41:00 PM)

    wowowow that was deep.(Report)Reply

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  • roblox123456789 (8/27/2018 10:45:00 AM)

    this is sad
    can we get free vbucks(Report)Reply

    V Buck buyer(5/2/2019 9:56:00 AM)

    GIME THE VBUCKS BOY

    mia kalifa(8/27/2018 12:52:00 PM)

    yeah ur right

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  • well it''s eh (8/24/2018 8:10:00 AM)

    yeah its ok i guess

































































































































    yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet(Report)Reply

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  • SweetLyrehc (7/31/2018 6:56:00 PM)

    The saddest song of love............That really hurts.....Loved this poem so much......♡♡♡(Report)Reply

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  • Aazad Ali khan (5/10/2018 8:26:00 AM)

    Very hilarious poem(Report)Reply

    Pablo Neruda(8/23/2018 8:40:00 AM)

    This guy, right here? He gets it!

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  • Aminul Islam (3/21/2018 1:24:00 AM)

    This poem is never old, no matter how I many times I have read it already.(Report)Reply

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  • Jayla Rossi (3/15/2018 3:20:00 PM)

    A true poet. We will forever miss you Pablo(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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