Members Who Read Most Number Of Poems

Live Scores

Click here to see the rest of the list

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

Listen to this poem:
What do you think this poem is about?

For Example: love, art, fashion, friendship and etc.

XVII (I do not love you...)

I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way

than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.


Translated by Stephen Tapscott

Anonymous Submission

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003


Read poems about / on: thanks, pride, rose, fire, dark, light, love, flower

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Canto XII from The Heights of Macchu Picchu by Pablo Neruda )

Enter the verification code :

  • Ntsakisi Malabie (9/7/2013 6:19:00 AM)

    Beautiful.....! Beautiful......Beautiful.......I love you because I know no other way.....that is love right there....love has no reason....it loves because it loves!

    5 person liked.
    5 person did not like.
  • Macharia Kanyari (10/6/2012 1:03:00 PM)

    Pablo Neruda is the MAN! ! !

  • Anna Sealy (11/25/2009 7:39:00 AM)

    I love this poem...This is exactly how i feel about the man i've love almost my entire life.It's nice to know that i'm not alone in this.Thank you pablo.

  • Vanessa Goc-ong (10/17/2009 10:56:00 AM)

    I really love this poem. Love, like life, cannot be fully defined, but Pablo Neruda quite captured it in this poem. Even placed this poem in my wedding invitation.

  • RR Romac (4/8/2008 11:07:00 PM)

    I heard this poem first on a televisoin show being read at a funeral. It was so beautiful I searched for it online knowing only a few of the lines... 'I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride'...

  • Tapas Dutta (4/27/2007 7:36:00 AM)

    so true! 'I love you because I know no other way'

  • john tiong chunghoo (7/4/2006 6:13:00 AM)

    good one again pablo. i love.

  • Gabriel Vanmason (2/21/2005 1:59:00 AM)

    Truly, one of the most beautiful poems ever written. This poem encompasses the meaning of true love, and what love should be!

  • Danny Goh (2/13/2005 7:50:00 AM)

    Beautifully written.

Read all 9 comments »

People who read Pablo Neruda also read

Top 500 Poems

[Hata Bildir]