Pablo Neruda Thursday: “Poverty”

My love, we are not fond,
as the rich would like us to be,
of misery. We
shall extract it like an evil tooth
that up to now has bitten the heart of man.

But I don’t want
you to fear it.
If through my fault it comes to your dwelling,
if poverty drives away
your golden shoes,
let it not drive away your laughter which is my life’s bread.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

[R]emember, my love, that I am watching you
and together we are the greatest wealth
that was ever gathered upon the earth.

—Pablo Neruda, from “Poverty,” The Captain’s Verses

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