February 4, 2009

I Crave Your Mouth, Your Voice, Your Hair

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--Description: Neruda P., 20th C, Adoration, Love



DON'T GO FAR OFF, NOT EVEN FOR A DAY
Don't go far off, not even for a day, because --
because -- I don't know how to say it: a day is long
and I will be waiting for you, as in an empty station
when the trains are parked off somewhere else, asleep.

Don't leave me, even for an hour, because
then the little drops of anguish will all run together,
the smoke that roams looking for a home will drift
into me, choking my lost heart.

Oh, may your silhouette never dissolve on the beach;
may your eyelids never flutter into the empty distance.
Don't leave me for a second, my dearest,

because in that moment you'll have gone so far
I'll wander mazily over all the earth, asking,
Will you come back? Will you leave me here, dying?


Pablo Neruda


--Did You Know: With his works translated into many languages, Pablo Neruda is considered one of the greatest and most influential poets of the 20th century.

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2 comments:

Katia Shtefan on February 5, 2009 at 10:08 AM said...

This reminds me of another poem in which Neruda says that his beloved can deprive him of everything but her laughter. If you really like Neruda, check out Red Poppy at www.redpoppy.net. It's a non-profit set up to publish Neruda's biography, create a documentary about him, and translate his works into English.

Vicki Mahfood on February 5, 2009 at 1:03 PM said...

Yes I do love Neruda very much. I understand completely what he is saying. Thank you for your input. I have checked out that great site.

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