Love Poetry

What is your favourite Love Poem?

Me, I have loads, particularly love poems written by Pablo Neruda.

So to celebrate Valentine’s Day,

I’m sharing with you

some of my most favourite Pablo Neruda poems

from the movie Il Postino.

Hope you’ll love them as much as I do.

Read by Andy Garcia

Read by Andy Garcia and Julia Roberts 

I Like For You to be Still

I like for you to be still: it is as though you were 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 were 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 were absent, 
distant and full of sorrow as though you had died. 
One word then, one smile, is enough. 
And I am happy, happy that it΄s not true. 


Naked you are simple as one of your hands; 
Smooth, earthy, small, transparent, round. 
You΄ve moon-lines, apple pathways 
Naked you are slender as a naked grain of wheat.

Naked you are blue as a night in Cuba; 
you΄ve vines and stars in your hair. 
Naked you are spacious and yellow 
as summer in a golden church.

Naked you are tiny as one of your nails; 
curved, subtle, rosy, till the day is born, 
and you withdraw to the underground world.

As if down a long tunnel of clothing and of chores; 
your clear light dims, gets dressed, drops its leaves, 
and becomes a naked hand again.

This poem I also love, but I couldn’t find a video to go with it:


After everything, 
I will love you 
As if it were always before 
As if, after so much waiting, 
Not seeing you 
And you not coming, 
You were breathing close to me forever.

Close to me with your habits, 
With your colour and your guitar 
Just as countries unite 
In school room lectures, 
And two regions become blurred 
And there is a river near a river 
And two volcanoes grow together.

Close to you is close to me 
And your absence is far from everything 
And the moon is the colour of clay 
In the night of quaking earth 
When, in terror of the earth, 
All the roots join together 
And silence is heard ringing 
With the music of fright

Fear is also a street 
And among its trembling stones 
Tenderness somehow is able 
To march with four feet 
And four lips

Since without leaving the present 
That is a fragile thing 
We touch the sand of yesterday 
And in the sea 
Love reveals a repeated fury

If you loved the poems and haven’t had the time to buy your significant other or husband a Valentine’s present yet – buy the book or the DVD of Il Postino and hopefully they’ll love it too.  I made my husband read these poems to me once (No, it wasn’t even Valentine’s Day).  It didn’t sound right with a British accent (I know you’ll say, but Sting read it beautifully!  My answer to that would be, he is Sting after all.  Dreamy sigh).  However, if your husband/partner is not into poetry best to stick to your usual Valentine’s day present to be safe.  Anyway …

By the way, what are your plans for Valentine’s Day?  My only plan is to bake a cake for the three of us and maybe order Chinese.

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I'm a part-time writer, full-time mother and dog-walker living in a small English village by the sea with my husband, daughter and a dog named Doc.


  1. johncoyote

    Thank you for the amazing poetry. Pablo Neruda is one of my cherish books in my collection. He wrote with a sensitive and powerful pen of love and life. The verbal poetry was outstanding.

    • You’re welcome John. Thanks for following Little Steps. Like I mentioned in my post, if you haven’t seen “Il Postino” yet – watch it. It’s a lovely movie filled with poetry and beautiful scenery. All the best -D.

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