The Queen


I have
named you queen.
There are taller ones than you, taller.
There are purer ones than you, purer.
There are lovelier ones than you, lovelier.

But you are the queen.

When you go through the streets
no one recognizes you.
No one sees your crystal crown, no one looks
at the carpet of red gold
that you tread as you pass,
the nonexistent carpet.

And when you appear
all the rivers sound
in my body, bells
shake the sky,
and a hymn fills the world.

Only you and I,
only you and I, my love,
listen to it.

Pablo Neruda, Captain’s Verses

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  1. hi, well i know it has been some time since i was on this site much yet i have thought of you…i do hope you are well and happy!off to bed soon yet i just wanted to say hello to you and in this world so large and yet so small…wanted to let you know i thought of you.i have been just working and living and learning to be hmmkinda buddha like. i still figure one day i will make it to india…well i do have a saree…lovemeikaili(katie)

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