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23 January 2009

Sonnet LVVI by Pablo Neruda

[This is all for you. No matter what.]

I do not love you--except because I love you;
I go from loving to not loving you,
from waiting to not waiting for you
my heart moves from the cold into the fire.

I love you only because it's you I love;
I hate you no end, and hating you
bend to you, and the measure of my changing love for you
is that I do not see you but love you blindly.

Maybe the January light will consume
my heart with its cruel
ray, stealing my key to true calm.

In this part of the story I am the one who
dies, the only one, and I will die of love because I love you,
because I love you, Love, in fire and in blood.


Katia Shtefan said...

A great poem about the vicissitudes and contradictions of love. If you really like Neruda, check out Red Poppy at It's a non-profit set up to create a documentary about Neruda, publish his biography, and translate his works into English.

Edik said...

thanks Katia. i love Neruda.

Edik said...

and by the way, seems to be exclusive to US states/territories only. i could not register using philippine address.

Katia Shtefan said...

could you show me the link to the page that's giving you trouble? I will let our website administrator know to add a section for other countries. Thanks for letting me know about this!

Edik said...

i wanted to register because i am interested with the Essential Neruda and have a paypal account but the link below is only for american citizens i think. there is no option for other countries.