Friday, February 5, 2010

Another Great Poem

Spoke at Heartland Community Church this morning to a great group of men on emotional intimacy. They really have a great space there. If you live in the greater KC area, it is worth a visit. The topic brought to mind my recent readings of Pablo Neruda's poetry. Pablo was a "man's man" and yet his ability to stir and express emotion is amazing. Here is one of my favorites:

XVII (I do not love you...) by Pablo Neruda

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.

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