In which only the words of a master will do

You could know something to be true, but sometimes it could still hit you with the force of a speeding train. And suddenly, you’re moved beyond words. And when there are no words, tears.

I can never imagine Pablo Neruda running out of words. Words can never fail him.

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I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
Pablo Neruda

I do not love you except because I love you;
I go from loving to not loving you,
From waiting to not waiting for you
My heart moves from cold to fire.

I love you only because it’s you the one I love;
I hate you deeply, and hating you
Bend to you, and the measure of my changing love for you
Is that I do not see you but love you blindly.

Maybe January light will consume
My heart with its cruel
Ray, stealing my key to true calm.

In this part of the story I am the one who
Dies, the only one, and I will die of love because I love you,
Because I love you, Love, in fire and blood.

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