Pablo Neruda Thursday: “Between the Shadow and the Soul”

I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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.

—Pablo Neruda, from “XVII,” 100 Love Sonnets

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