Sunday, March 18, 2012
"I don't love you as if you were a rose of salt..."
I don’t love you as if you were a rose of salt, topaz,
or arrow of carnations that propagate fire:
I love you as one loves certain obscure things,
secretly, between the shadow and the soul.
I love you as the plant that doesn’t bloom but carries
the light of those flowers, hidden, within itself,
and thanks to your love the tight aroma that arose
from the earth lives dimly in my body.
From One Hundred Love Sonnets: XVII by Pablo Neruda.
July Sun, Henry Scott Tuke, 1913