Your Laughter Poem by Pablo Neruda

Your Laughter

Rating: 4.2

Take bread away from me, if you wish,
take air away, but
do not take from me your laughter.

Do not take away the rose,
the lance flower that you pluck,
the water that suddenly
bursts forth in joy,
the sudden wave
of silver born in you.

My struggle is harsh and I come back
with eyes tired
at times from having seen
the unchanging earth,
but when your laughter enters
it rises to the sky seeking me
and it opens for me all
the doors of life.

My love, in the darkest
hour your laughter
opens, and if suddenly
you see my blood staining
the stones of the street,
laugh, because your laughter
will be for my hands
like a fresh sword.

Next to the sea in the autumn,
your laughter must raise
its foamy cascade,
and in the spring, love,
I want your laughter like
the flower I was waiting for,
the blue flower, the rose
of my echoing country.

Laugh at the night,
at the day, at the moon,
laugh at the twisted
streets of the island,
laugh at this clumsy
boy who loves you,
but when I open
my eyes and close them,
when my steps go,
when my steps return,
deny me bread, air,
light, spring,
but never your laughter
for I would die.

Your Laughter
James Mallon 02 June 2012

When my eyes tire and my step falters, do not deny me Mr. Neruda's poetry——for I would die.

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Delilah Miller 10 December 2006

I wish I had met Pablo Neruda. To be loved the way his poetry describes is almost surreal

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John Tiong Chunghoo 04 July 2006

you really love the woman huh, i really would love to listen to the laughter too.

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Sandy Player 11 January 2013

the first poem I ever enjoyed.

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Gaki 24 02 October 2012

In the end this is what poetry is.

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Saman Ranabahu 18 May 2024

An amazing thought that show the lingering yearning for the lover, heart throbbing for the sound of her laughter. What a world if she feels the same way for him!

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Rob Lamberton 06 February 2024

Her smile that comes with laughter…that's what I love!

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I feel so deprived and sad that I know no Spanish, for I am not able to read the Poems of Pablo Neruda in their original Spanish.

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Rising Rose 24 March 2022

Your Laughter is my favorite poem ever

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Mountain Man 17 November 2020

Laughter helps to take away the solitudes of life, it brings something better to " The game of life."

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