And Because Love Battles – Pablo Neruda

And because love battles 

not only in its burning agricultures 

but also in the mouth of men and women, 

I will finish off by taking the path away 

to those who between my chest and your fragrance 

want to interpose their obscure plant. 
About me, nothing worse 

they will tell you, my love, 

than what I told you. 
I lived in the prairies 

before I got to know you 

and I did not wait love but I was 

laying in wait for and I jumped on the rose. 
What more can they tell you? 

I am neither good nor bad but a man, 

and they will then associate the danger 

of my life, which you know 

and which with your passion you shared. 
And good, this danger 

is danger of love, of complete love 

for all life, 

for all lives, 

and if this love brings us 

the death and the prisons, 

I am sure that your big eyes, 

as when I kiss them, 

will then close with pride, 

into double pride, love, 

with your pride and my pride. 
But to my ears they will come before 

to wear down the tour 

of the sweet and hard love which binds us, 

and they will say: “The one 

you love, 

is not a woman for you, 

Why do you love her? I think 

you could find one more beautiful, 

more serious, more deep, 

more other, you understand me, look how she’s light, 

and what a head she has, 

and look at how she dresses, 

and etcetera and etcetera”. 
And I in these lines say: 

Like this I want you, love, 

love, Like this I love you, 

as you dress 

and how your hair lifts up 

and how your mouth smiles, 

light as the water 

of the spring upon the pure stones, 

Like this I love you, beloved. 
To bread I do not ask to teach me 

but only not to lack during every day of life. 

I don’t know anything about light, from where 

it comes nor where it goes, 

I only want the light to light up, 

I do not ask to the night 


I wait for it and it envelops me, 

And so you, bread and light 

And shadow are. 
You came to my life 

with what you were bringing, 


of light and bread and shadow I expected you, 

and Like this I need you, 

Like this I love you, 

and to those who want to hear tomorrow 

that which I will not tell them, let them read it here, 

and let them back off today because it is early 

for these arguments. 
Tomorrow we will only give them 

a leaf of the tree of our love, a leaf 

which will fall on the earth 

like if it had been made by our lips 

like a kiss which falls 

from our invincible heights 

to show the fire and the tenderness 

of a true love.

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