Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Love . . .

Because of you, in gardens of blossoming flowers
I ache from the perfumes of Spring.

I have forgotten your face, I no longer
remember your hands;
how did your lips feel on mine?

Because of you, I love the white statues
drowsing in the parks, the white statues that
have neither voice nor sight.

I have forgotten your voice, your happy voice;
I have forgotten your eyes.

Like a flower to its perfume, I am bound
to my vague memory of you. I live with pain
that is like a wound; if you touch me, you will
do me irreparable harm.

Your caresses enfold me, like climbing vines
on melancholy walls.
I have forgotten your love, yet I seem to
glimpse you in every window.

Because of you, the heady perfumes of Summer
pain me; because of you, I again seek out the
signs that precipitate desires:
Shooting stars, falling objects.

Poem: Pablo Neruda (1960)
from 'Passions and Impressions'
Image: GardenPictures.com

39 comments:

Ifinder said...

Well. So well. A Fascinating Template decorated with stunning flowers and novel features. A profile so elegant added with Awarded answers. Your sixth answer, it is prayed, be the 'Potion' to keep ever Young and not be effected by time. Words shredded like pearls. The Quote of Pablo with so depth. 'So far away' an agonic song reflecting parallel dreams. Hope and heartly wish 'another sunrise, a new day ' should come. Thanking You for sharing the journey of Your thoughts and with Best Wishes.

foam said...

very lovely poem by nerudo. it's hard when memories become elusive and vague, esp. if they were once treasured.

it is a lovely sunny 27C here.
I hope you have an equally lovely and a bit cooler fall day.

/t. said...

neruda

always right
for every occasion

× × ×

/t.

Kathleen Scott said...

Hope your days are better than Pablo's and your heart lightens.

dianne said...

Thank you dear Ifinder for visiting here and for your lovely and thoughtful comments.
My journey of thoughts has been painful, I now seem to have reached an emotional plateau, neither here nor there, my thoughts just floating, hope floats until it disappears ...
Yes another sunrise, a new day will come but how much happiness shall I find in it, I wonder? Some from nature, yes, I just have to look at the blue of the sky this morning and the sunshine. I do look for it, I seek it but the affection I long for eludes me.
As for the 'Potion', youth and beauty fade and it can only do so much then our own individual time will come to an end. It is the beauty inside that matters, though some cannot open their hearts to see that.
Dianne. xoxoxo ♡

dianne said...

Thank you dearest Foamy , yes it is a beautiful poem, Neruda writes with so much feeling.
My memories have not faded yet, they remain, like a part of me.

I am happy to hear that you have had a sunny day.
It is a lovely morning here too, the sun is shining, the air is fresh and fragrant, the temperature is around 25ºC/77ºF. :)

xoxoxo ♡

dianne said...

Thanks dear /t. ,
yes, I think there is a Neruda poem for every one of life's memorable moments.

xoxoxo ♡

dianne said...

Thank you dear Kathleen , Pablo must have lived a very exciting and full life with all of the experiences of love and heartbreak, he writes about it with so much depth and understanding of human emotions.
My heart shall lighten in time, I just wanted to be wanted.

xoxoxo ♡

Lee said...

Quite emotional and enchanting.

dianne said...

Yes Lee dear, it is an enchanting and very visual poem.
I can almost reach out and touch those vine covered walls, smell the fragrance of blossoms, it is like being in a beautiful garden surrounded by memories.

xoxoxo ♡

Françoise said...

Bonjour Dianne,
Belle photo , beau texte c'est un grand plaisir de passer chaque jour chez vous .
Voici un lien qui parle de l'ile de Noirmoutier près de chez moi et qui cultive la pomme de terre bonnotte , elle est cultivée dans de la terre sablonneuse et mélangée avec du goémon .C'est ce qui lui donne le goût particulier et délicieux .Malheureusement elle est très chère.
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%8Ele_de_Noirmoutier

Bonne journée.

Elia said...

Dear Dianne,
I love Neruda!
Feelings of the heart, bitter, sweet,
but always inspired love,
what will have the spring that to all us late the heart of different form...
be happy!
and that your smile us continues warming as the sun!
embrace from Spain

eljardindemiduende

(besos)

dianne said...

Bonjour Françoise , je vous remercie pour vos pensées belle, oui c'est un beau poème et l'image.
Merci pour le lien vers l'île de Noirmoutier, une méthode intéressante de pommes de terre de plus en plus.
Vous vivez dans un beau pays!
Bonne journée
xoxoxo ♡

dianne said...

Dear Elia yes I do love the poems of Neruda, yes as you say always 'inspired love', he writes so well and from the heart.
Thank you dear, I shall try to be happy and keep smiling and thank you for your warmth and kindness.
Hugs from me!

Besos xoxoxo ♡

Shweta Tiwari said...

Dianne,

Nice poemand beautiful picture.I'm back home and enjoying holidays. Wat abt you? How have u been? Hope you are fine. I could not post anything while leaving college.kind of was in a hurry.

Love
Shweta

dianne said...

Thanks dear Shweta , yes it is a lovely poem and image, I love flowers growing in meadows and fields.
Good that you are home and enjoying your holidays after all of that study, a nice rest I am sure.
I am alright thanks, nothing much happening here, just the usual things and staying out of trouble. :)
I hope you are well and having fun!
Lovely to hear from you.
Love, Dianne. xoxoxo ♡

jasmin said...

Dianne Love,
your verses are as sensitive as your flower children, the small white flower cluster, but they are many related and mutually consolation
you're not alone....
many greetings from Jasmin

Leovi said...

Precioso poema. Pablo Neruda, el más grande poeta del amor en castellano en el siglo XX. Y en el XIX lo fue Gustavo Adolfo Becquer. Besos.

dianne said...

liebe Jasmin , I will always try to find poems of beauty and sensitivity to post here and images to complement them ... and the beauty of Nature, her grasses, trees and flowers, because they are dear to my heart.
I shall never be alone as long as I have my love for Nature, literature and art.
Thank you dear friend.
love Dianne. xoxoxo ♡

dianne said...

Sí querida Leovi , un hermoso poema, Pablo Neruda sabía escribir de amor y sí, Bequer y sus poemas románticos de "Rimas".
Gracias por tu comentario.

Besos xoxoxo ♡

Craftsman of light said...

After reading this poem....i would say let summer still be perfumes, let shooting stars fall at the feet, let every window open...let happiness be in everything that touches us!
Let pain be gone....for what shines within is more powerful than the sun!

J Cosmo Newbery said...

"I think there is a Neruda poem for every one of life's memorable moments." Really? What about the time I fell into my grandfather's fishpond?

dianne said...

That is a lovely thing to say dearest col , you are such a romantic soul.
I would agree and say so too, for then there would be no sadness and pain in the hearts of those who love.
Hugs
xoxoxo ♡

dianne said...

I see you are quoting me here dear J Cosmo , I should have been more specific with my comment and said that Neruda had a poem for every one of life's memorable, romantic moments.
I did look for a poem of his which may have had a reference to a boy falling in a fishpond but without success...and sorry, at present I cannot find the words to write a poem myself.
I hope that you were not injured at all?
xoxoxo ♡

Leovi said...

I spoke of Gustavo Adolfo Becquer and here I leave his poetry.

RIMA XXIV

Two red tongues of fire
on the same log that approach
and connect, and when kissing
form a single flame.

Two notes of a lute
plucked simultaneously by a hand,
that meet each other in space
and harmoniously embrace.

Two waves that come together
to die on a beach
and when breaking are crowned
with a silver plume.

Two shreds of vapor
that rise off a lake,
and when reunited in the sky
form one white cloud.

Two ideas that sprout as a pair,
two kisses that explode at the same time,
two echoes that are confused,
those are our two souls.

dianne said...

Thank you dear Leovi , I have enjoyed some of his poems, this one is really beautiful, lovely of you to post it here.

Besos xoxoxo ♡

Amid Obscure Shadows
(Rima XXVIII)

When amid obscure shadows
a lost voice murmurs
disturbing its sad calm ...
If in my soul's depths
I hear it sweetly sounding,

tell me, Is it the wind moans
in its convolutions or that
in passing your sighs speak of love?

When the red sun shines
in my window at morning
and my love evokes your shadow,
if I think I feel the press
of another mouth on mine,

tell me, Is it that blind I rave
or that your heart sends me
a kiss in a sigh?

If in the luminous day
and in the deep gloomy night;
if in all that surrounds
my soul that desires you,
I think I can feel and see you,

tell me, Do I feel and think in a dream
or is it that in a sigh
you give me your breath to drink?

chickory said...

I thought this one was yours until i reached the end! How similar you two are in ways of writing. very lovely work.

dianne said...

I love this poem, it is so visual and holds a special meaning for me. Thank you for the compliment dear chickory , I wish I had written this, but I can appreciate its beauty. Perhaps one day in many years to come, I shall be able to write something as lovely.

xoxoxoxo ♡

rdl said...

oh i love neruda, hadn't read this one. thanks for this.

dianne said...

Thank you dear rdl, yes this poem is especially beautiful, I too love the poetry of Neruda. :)

xoxoxo ♡

Andressa said...

I LOVE Neruda!

dianne said...

Thank you dear Andressa yes there is so much to love about his poetry and prose.

xoxoxo ♡

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