A Couple of Poems

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A Couple of Poems

Postby bking1 » Sun Jun 19, 2011 6:49 am

Hello everyone!

I just came across the sight today and loved what I saw. I'm look forward to the time I spend browsing here. Until then, however, I'd like to share some poetry. Just because I feel like it.

First, my favorite Neruda poem, then an original. Probably not flattering to put the two side by side, but whatever. Enjoy!

Pablo Neruda's Sonnet 17

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.

An untitled poem I wrote for my girlfriend:

she makes space and solid seem to mesh.
black and white, up and down, right and wrong
all dissolve from my perception as
a wondrous clarity ensues
(for from the summit is a marvelous view).
while this simplicity i do prefer
it is not what draws me to her.

instantly, the universe
becomes warm in place of cold.
no longer mechanical and meek
but glowing, bright and bold.
for in that moment she is all.
while this as home i do prefer
it is not what draws me to her.

no goddess is worthy of those eyes:
not one yet to come nor of times gone by.
i could bore into them forever
to find i hadn't scratched the surface
(but who's to say i cannot try?).
while this great task i do prefer
it is not what draws me to her.

what draws me to her is a wild hope
that i may, to her, these feelings bring.
that i may impart to her a song
not even poetry can sing.
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Re: A Couple of Poems

Postby mirjana » Mon Jun 20, 2011 2:44 pm

Hi bking1 ,

It is really beautiful that as your first post for DS you have chosen to share your intimate poem with us.
Welcome to DS. =0)
The other one from Neruda has been presented here in different combinations which obviously shows that nice number of DS members love the same poet. =0)
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