LO (08/13/1945 / UTAH)

I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You

I do not love you except because I love you;
I go from loving to not loving you,
From waiting to not waiting for you
My heart moves from cold to fire.

I love you only because it's you the one I love;
I hate you deeply, and hating you
Bend to you, and the measure of my changing love for you
Is that I do not see you but love you blindly.

Maybe January light will consume
My heart with its cruel
Ray, stealing my key to true calm.

In this part of the story I am the one who
Dies, the only one, and I will die of love because I love you,
Because I love you, Love, in fire and blood.

by Pablo Neruda

Comments (10)

Oh, I nearly forgot to remark on your delightful choice of the title. Would WOW be too simplistic an adjective to suggest, Ms. Ori?
This, to my mind, just happens to be your finest hour, Linda. A rather enchanting straightshooter directly from your exquisite nucleus, right down to its impeccable cadence; nothing forced nor pretentious regarding this slice of sweet confessional confectionary. It graciously builds, layer upon layer until that wondrously delectable denouement. Here's looking at you, kid, Greg
That trademark smooth flowing rhythm is evident in abundance here Linda. Masterly use of caesura throughout. And the sentiments show through so cleanly and clearly. A very fine tribute to love, and a fine example of very effective use of rhythm and rhyme. xxx jim
I think you are a warm sensitive compassionate person to be able to write so well...love your poems arti
very deep and soulful. love it. hearts gina
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