Pablo Neruda

(12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973 / Parral)

Xvii (I Do Not Love You...)

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.


Translated by Stephen Tapscott

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Comments about Xvii (I Do Not Love You...) by Pablo Neruda

  • RichCout (3/4/2019 6:25:00 AM)

    @Keegan: Hey Patch! RIP " RW"(Report)Reply

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  • Keegan (1/10/2019 10:28:00 PM)

    One of my all-time favorites.

    On a side note, who is here from Patch Adams?(Report)Reply

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  • ninja9 (7/12/2018 5:07:00 AM)

    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.(Report)Reply

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (11/17/2015 12:29:00 AM)

    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?(Report)Reply

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  • Ntsakisi Malabie (9/7/2013 6:19:00 AM)

    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!(Report)Reply

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  • Macharia KanyariMacharia Kanyari (10/6/2012 1:03:00 PM)

    Pablo Neruda is the MAN! ! !(Report)Reply

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  • Anna Sealy (11/25/2009 7:39:00 AM)

    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.(Report)Reply

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  • Vanessa Goc-ong (10/17/2009 10:56:00 AM)

    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.(Report)Reply

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  • RR Romac (4/8/2008 11:07:00 PM)

    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'...(Report)Reply

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  • Tapas Dutta (4/27/2007 7:36:00 AM)

    so true! 'I love you because I know no other way'(Report)Reply

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  • john tiong chunghoojohn tiong chunghoo (7/4/2006 6:13:00 AM)

    good one again pablo. i love.(Report)Reply

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  • Gabriel Vanmason (2/21/2005 1:59:00 AM)

    Truly, one of the most beautiful poems ever written. This poem encompasses the meaning of true love, and what love should be!(Report)Reply

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  • Danny Goh (2/13/2005 7:50:00 AM)

    Beautifully written.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003