Monday, 21st March, is the Official World Poetry Day, established by UNESCO, to “support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities”.
“Moreover, this Day is meant to support poetry, return to the oral tradition of poetry recitals, promote teaching poetry, restore a dialogue between poetry and the other arts such as theatre, dance, music, painting and so on, support small publishers and create an attractive image of poetry in the media so that the art of poetry will no longer be considered an outdated form of art but one”.
One Stop Poetry is commemorating this celebration with a collection of great poems. For my contribution I picked, my favorite poet, Pablo Neruda. I learned about him through his bookTwenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair (1959); which I found at my mom’s library when I was young[er]. I memorized my favorite poem Sonnet XVII for an oratorical competition in high school, and I shared it with others in multiple occasions.
Here it is. Enjoy!
I don’t love you as if you were the salt-rose, topaz
or arrow of carnations that propagate fire:
I love you as certain dark things are loved,
secretly, between the shadow and the soul.
I love you as the plant that doesn’t bloom and carries
hidden within itself the light of those flowers,
and thanks to your love, darkly in my body
lives the dense fragrance that rises from the earth.
I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where,
I love you simply, without problems or pride:
I love you in this way because I don’t know any other way of loving
but this, in which there is no I or you,
so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand,
so intimate that when I fall asleep it is your eyes that close.
~ Unknown Translator
* I know this post is coming out a little late, but I am on a busy writing/reading schedule.
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This post was created as part of the Saturday Celebration at One Stop Poetry which this week celebrates World Poetry Day.