So here is yet another Love poem by Pablo Neruda. I can never tire of sharing this man’s poems. Every single one of them is truly lyrical and so poetic that anyone can enjoy it.
Love Sonnet XVII by Pablo Neruda
I don’t love you as if you were a rose of salt, topaz,
or arrow of carnations that propagate fire:
I love you as one loves certain obscure things,
secretly, between the shadow and the soul.
I love you as the plant that doesn’t bloom but carries
the light of those flowers, hidden, within itself,
and thanks to your love the tight aroma that arose
from the earth lives dimly in my body.
I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where,
I love you directly without problems or pride:
I love you like this because I don’t know any other way to love,
except in this form in which I am not nor are you,
so close that your hand upon my chest is mine,
so close that your eyes close with my dreams.
Beautiful. That’s my first thought on reading this poem. Every single time. I believe in Love and so whenever a poet is able to convey the beauty of Love in such a romantic way, I am overjoyed. Let us look at some of the lines of this wonderful poem.
“…I love you as one loves certain obscure things, secretly, between the shadow and the soul…”
What is usually private to most of us are the things that expose the true nature of our soul. Our public persona is often molded to cater to the needs of our society. So when the poet says he loves the obscure things what he is saying is that he loves you for who you are!
“…I love you directly without problems or pride…”
When in love, pride is often the first to fall away. Even problems that usually affect you severely seem to be something like a thorn in your side! A nuisance more than a debilitating issue. So the poet is talking about loving with such abandon that problems and pride just disappear from the scene!
“…so close that your hand upon my chest is mine,
so close that your eyes close with my dreams.”
The intimacy and closeness portrayed in these lines do not need any further analysis. What more can I say about these lines. They just take my breath away!