Spoiled Children of Divorce


Love Poem for Valentine’s Day
February 15, 2008, 5:49 am
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This is a poem by Pablo Neruda, one of my favorite poets.

Sonnet XLIV

You must know that I do not love and that I love you,

because everything alive has its two sides;

a word is one wing of silence,

fire has its cold half.

I love you in order to begin to love you,

to start infinity again

and never to stop loving you:

that’s why I do not love you yet.

I love you, and I do not love you, as if I held

keys in my hand: to a future of joy —

a wretched, muddled fate.

My love has two lives, in order to love you:

that’s why I love you when I do not love you,

and also why I love you when I do.
I don’t have the translator’s name but the url that I filched the poem from is web.singnet.com.sg/~carolyn1/neruda.html.


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