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

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

    My all time favorite! (Report) Reply

  • (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

  • (10/1/2018 9:47:00 AM)

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

  • (9/27/2018 12:32:00 PM)

    Alexa play despicable me 5 (Report) Reply

  • (9/18/2018 10:23:00 AM)

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

  • (8/27/2018 12:41:00 PM)

    wowowow that was deep. (Report) Reply

  • (8/27/2018 10:45:00 AM)

    this is sad
    can we get free vbucks
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    (8/27/2018 12:52:00 PM)

    yeah ur right

  • (8/24/2018 8:10:00 AM)

    yeah its ok i guess

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  • (7/31/2018 6:56:00 PM)

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

  • (5/10/2018 8:26:00 AM)

    Very hilarious poem (Report) Reply

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

    This guy, right here? He gets it!

  • (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

  • (3/15/2018 3:20:00 PM)

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

  • (12/19/2017 6:56:00 AM)

    I love the poem so much. (Report) Reply

  • Nivy Sochi (10/15/2017 1:10:00 PM)

    I love this. One piece among all Neruda's poems, I think, now, I love most. (Report) Reply

  • Tapan M. Saren (10/19/2016 1:52:00 AM)

    A poem from the deepest part of heart (Report) Reply

  • (9/25/2016 9:34:00 PM)

    When the poet writes,
    I no longer love her, that's certain,
    he just means the opposite. It means that his love has been rejected/ that he is separated for ever from her. And he wants to forget her. He wants to stop loving her. But his mind plays truant. He can not!

    This state is re-emphasized by the next line.
    but maybe I love her.

    Love is so short, forgetting is so long.

    Only those who were in love and then lost it, can understand the pain.
    The PAIN is so long!
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  • (9/12/2016 10:08:00 AM)

    This is a wonderful poem to which I can relate to in many parts at this point in my life (Report) Reply

  • (7/1/2016 6:36:00 AM)

    well done. it is realy good poem (Report) Reply

  • Kim Aouad (12/21/2015 10:49:00 AM)

    I absolutely lllllove this poem😍 (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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