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Xvii (I Do Not Love You...)

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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.
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COMMENTS
Disha 08 September 2020
can there be any poem on earth better than this? it has one of the most beautiful expressions....
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RichCout 04 March 2019
@Keegan: Hey Patch! RIP " RW"
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Keegan 10 January 2019
One of my all-time favorites. On a side note, who is here from Patch Adams?
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ninja9 12 July 2018
I love you like certain dark things are to be loved. In secret, between shadow and the soul Such beauty! It expresses all the desires one could have in just a single line.
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Susan Williams 17 November 2015
Argh! Why wake me up to passion's call and not be here? I doth protest! Need I say this is all things beautiful and sensual and passionate and longing?
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Ntsakisi Malabie 07 September 2013
Beautiful.....! Beautiful......Beautiful.......I love you because I know no other way.....that is love right there....love has no reason....it loves because it loves!
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Macharia Kanyari 06 October 2012
Pablo Neruda is the MAN! ! !
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Anna Sealy 25 November 2009
I love this poem...This is exactly how i feel about the man i've love almost my entire life.It's nice to know that i'm not alone in this.Thank you pablo.
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Vanessa Goc-ong 17 October 2009
I really love this poem. Love, like life, cannot be fully defined, but Pablo Neruda quite captured it in this poem. Even placed this poem in my wedding invitation.
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RR Romac 08 April 2008
I heard this poem first on a televisoin show being read at a funeral. It was so beautiful I searched for it online knowing only a few of the lines... 'I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride'...
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