I Like For You to be Still (poetry by Pablo Neruda)

On this day which has made me quite melancholy, I’d like to share my favorite Pablo Neruda poem of all time:

The spoken word version was performed by Glenn Close, for the soundtrack of the movie Il Postino (The Postman):

I like for you to be still
It is as though you are absent
And you hear me from far away
And my voice does not touch you
It seems as though your eyes had flown away
And it seems that a kiss had sealed your mouth
As all things are filled with my soul
You emerge from the things
Filled with my soul
You are like my soul
A butterfly of dream
And you are like the word: Melancholy

I like for you to be still
And you seem far away
It sounds as though you are lamenting
A butterfly cooing like a dove
And you hear me from far away
And my voice does not reach you
Let me come to be still in your silence
And let me talk to you with your silence
That is bright as a lamp
Simple, as a ring
You are like the night
With its stillness and constellations
Your silence is that of a star
As remote and candid

I like for you to be still
It is as though you are absent
Distant and full of sorrow
So you would’ve died
One word then, One smile is enough
And I’m happy;
Happy that it’s not true

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. lovely poetry very beautifully written.

    1. ninaterol says:

      Thanks! We can always count on Neruda for beautiful poetry 🙂

  2. namelessneed says:

    Senor Neruda again
    living and living on
    a delight to hear soft
    thanx so for posting

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