Sonnet XVII- Pablo Neruda

“Sonnet XVII

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. ”

― Pablo Neruda

neruda-poetry-king Day 2- Quote 2

This is in response to the Quote Challenge for which I was nominated by these wonderful fellow bloggers; Ashish, Darshith, HSampson, Asil and Akiraa.

I know that the challenge says to post a quote, but I can break the rule for the beauty of the words. In this challenge, I would not have forgotten Pablo Neruda. There are quotes taken from this Sonnet, but there is no verse that I can miss while reading this. Yet another favorite quote. Re-read it and enjoy goosebumps!

My Nominations for Day 2


In case you have been already nominated by someone, do let me know, I would nominate some other blogger 🙂

Kritika Vashist