Love is so short, forgetting is so long.

Tonight I can write the saddest lines.

Write, for example, “The night is shattered

And the blue stars shiver in the distance”.

 

The night wind revolves in the sky and sings.

 

Tonight I can write the saddest lines.

I loved her, and sometimes she loved me too.

 

Through nights like this one I held her in my arms.

I kissed her again and again under the endless sky.

 

She loved me, sometimes I loved her too.

How could one not have loved her great still eyes.

 

Tonight I can write the saddest lines.

To think that I do not have her. To feel that I have

Lost her.

 

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To hear the immense night, still more immense

Without her.

And the verse falls to the soul like dew to the pasture.

 

What does it matter that my love could not keep her.

The night is shattered and she is not with me.

 

This is all. In the distance someone is singing.

In the distance.

My soul is not satisfied that it has lost her.

 

My sight searches for her as though to go to her

My heart looks for her, and she is not with me

 

The same night whitening the same trees

We, of that time, are no longer the same

 

I no longer love her, that’s certain, but HOW I loved her

My voice tried to find the wind to touch her hearing

 

Another’s. She will be another’s. Like my kisses before

Her voice, her bright body. Her infinite eyes.

 

I no longer love her, that’s certain, but maybe I love her

Love is so short, forgetting is so long

 

Because through nights like this one I held her

In my arms

My soul is not satisfied that it has lost her

 

Though this be the last pain that she makes me suffer

And these the last verses I write for her

 

Pablo Neruda (1904-1973)

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