Pearls of Wisdom – Poetry Reading: Absence by Pablo Neruda. (“I have scarcely left you When you go in me, crystalline, Or trembling,..”)


Published on Jun 9, 2012 

Absence by Pablo Neruda

I have scarcely left you 

When you go in me, crystalline,
Or trembling,
Or uneasy, wounded by me
Or overwhelmed with love, as
when your eyes 
Close upon the gift of life
That without cease I give you.
My love, 
We have found each other
Thirsty and we have 
Drunk up all the water and the
Blood, 
We found each other
Hungry 
And we bit each other
As fire bites,
Leaving wounds in us. 
But wait for me, 
Keep for me your sweetness.
I will give you too 
A rose. 

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About the poet — Pablo Neruda (1904 — 1973) was the pen name and, later, legal name of the Chilean poet, diplomat and politician Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto. He was born in Parral, Chile. He covered variety of areas in his writing such as love poems, surrealist poems, historical epics and political manifestos. Neruda won Nobel Prize in Literature in the year 1971. 

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