Pablo Neruda

(12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973 / Parral / Chile)

Absence - Poem 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.


Comments about Absence by Pablo Neruda

  • Rookie - 37 Points Colleen Courtney (6/7/2014 7:12:00 AM)

    I find the closing lines of this poem to be so wonderful! (Report) Reply

    2 person liked.
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  • Rookie - 93 Points Brian Jani (4/27/2014 2:23:00 AM)

    Awesome I like this poem, check mine out  (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Amaka Umeh (4/21/2014 2:13:00 PM)

    This brings to mind the image of love as war. The carnage left behind after two people have had their way with each other's hearts.
    It ends beautifully though, with the thought that maybe that one person is worth the fight. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 469 Points Alexander Opicho (12/3/2013 7:49:00 AM)

    We have found each other
    Thirsty and we have
    Drunk up all the water and the
    Blood; this is my favourite (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 372 Points Almedia Knight-Oliver (10/12/2013 2:03:00 PM)

    Wait for me, my love
    take me in your minds heart
    take me in your mouth,
    kiss me when our existences
    are too far apart
    keep me in your dream
    hold me when fears hold
    on instead of your arms... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Rinki Nandy (4/2/2013 5:12:00 PM)

    But wait for me,
    Keep for me your sweetness.
    I will give you too
    A rose.
    The most romantic lines I've read so far, simple, close, personal n touchy. I like his language style, they offer the connection a lot of poets lack. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Shiela Marie Anunciacion (11/17/2012 4:43:00 AM)

    It's as if, they both know they have flaws and mistakes. But the poet all asks is for a little faith in their love, that they don't give up or give in... because in the end, all will end well. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 10 Points Jemme Simbulan (7/21/2012 1:18:00 AM)

    I'm interested to know as what inspired him to write this one. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 22, 2010



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