320th Virtual Poetry Circle

Welcome to the 320th Virtual Poetry Circle!

Remember, this is just for fun and is not meant to be stressful.

Keep in mind what Molly Peacock’s book suggested.

Look at a line, a stanza, sentences, and images; describe what you like or don’t like; and offer an opinion. If you missed my review of her book, check it out here.

Today’s poem is from Pablo Neruda:

Here I love you.
In the dark pines the wind disentangles itself.
The moon glows like phosphorous on the vagrant waters.
Days, all one kind, go chasing each other.

The snow unfurls in dancing figures.
A silver gull slips down from the west.
Sometimes a sail. High, high stars.
Oh the black cross of a ship.

Sometimes I get up early and even my soul is wet.
Far away the sea sounds and resounds.
This is a port.

Here I love you.
Here I love you and the horizon hides you in vain.
I love you still among these cold things.
Sometimes my kisses go on those heavy vessels
that cross the sea towards no arrival.
I see myself forgotten like those old anchors.

The piers sadden when the afternoon moors there.
My life grows tired, hungry to no purpose.
I love what I do not have. You are so far.
My loathing wrestles with the slow twilights.
But night comes and starts to sing to me.

The moon turns its clockwork dream.
The biggest stars look at me with your eyes.
And as I love you, the pines in the wind
want to sing your name with their leaves of wire.

What do you think?

  • Anna (Diary of an Eccentric)

    Beautiful poem, but I didn’t listen to the narration so can’t comment on that.

  • Beth Hoffman

    This poem is gorgeous. It touched me in a deep place. The narration, however, did nothing for me; it felt flat, rushed, and lacking in the delicate energy of the poem. So I read it silently to myself and enjoyed it more. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful poem.

    • Beth:

      Glad to hear that you enjoyed the poem. I wanted to showcase a different reading of the poem. I find that narration can be tricky. I wanted to see what people thought of this one.