2nd Sat Strollers

By AndrewDBurns

when I love you

Valentine's Day - so; here's a famous Pablo Neruda verse, as taken from the pictured 2012 collection (translated by W.S. Merwin) ...

... the uncertainty, anticipation, and all-consuming nature of love - stops me in my tracks every time I read it:

Leaning into the Afternoons ...

Leaning into the afternoons I cast my sad nets
towards your oceanic eyes.

There in the highest blaze my solitude lengthens and flames,
its arms turning like a drowning man's.

I send out red signals across your absent eyes
that smell like the sea or the beach by a lighthouse.

You keep only darkness, my distant female,
from your regard sometimes the coast of dread emerges.

Leaning into the afternoons I fling my sad nets
to that sea that is thrashed by your oceanic eyes.

The birds of night peck at the first stars
that flash like my soul when I love you.

The night gallops on its shadowy mare
shedding blue tassels over the land.

Pablo Neruda (1904 - 1973)


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