Poetry Friday: Neruda and The Queen

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Fats here.

For today’s post, I am sharing a poem written by Pablo Neruda. Entitled “The Queen,” this poem is a perfect addition to our current theme, Game of Thrones. Also, consider this a post-Valentine treat. Don’t forget to visit the Poetry Friday round-up hosted by Karen at Karen Edmisten. Have a beautiful week, everyone! =)

QUEEN OF FIRE, palette knife oil painting on canvas by Leonid Afremov.

QUEEN OF FIRE, palette knife oil painting on canvas by Leonid Afremov.

The Queen

I have named you queen.
There are taller than you, taller.
There are purer than you, purer.
There are lovelier than you, lovelier.
But you are the queen.

When you go through the streets
No one recognizes you.
No one sees your crystal crown, no one looks
At the carpet of red gold
That you tread as you pass,
The nonexistent carpet.

And when you appear
All the rivers sound
In my body, bells
Shake the sky,
And a hymn fills the world.

Only you and I,
Only you and I, my love.
Listen to me.

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La Reina

Yo te he nombrado reina.
Hay más altas que tú, más altas.
Hay más puras que tú, más puras.
Hay más bellas que tú, hay más bellas.
Pero tú eres la reina.

Cuando vas por las calles
nadie te reconoce.
Nadie ve tu corona de cristal, nadie mira
la alfombra de oro rojo
que pisas donde pasas,
la alfombra que no existe.

Y cuando asomas
suenan todos los ríos
en mi cuerpo, sacuden
el cielo las campanas,
y un himno llena el mundo.

Sólo tú y yo,
sólo tú y yo, amor mío,
lo escuchamos.

— Pablo Neruda

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7 Comments on Poetry Friday: Neruda and The Queen

  1. Wow. Beautiful. :)

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  2. Neruda’s ability to write about love-lovely to see and read. I love the painting, too, Fats. “bells/Shake the sky”!

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  3. Ah, yes – well, this kind of poem (& painting, too) can’t be confined to just one day in February! Thanks for sharing, Fats – sure to warm up any readers whose windowsills are caked in ice this month. ;0)

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  4. Wow from me too. Hadn’t seen this one before. Neruda is sublime. Just what I needed today.

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  5. Ah, lovely – I don’t speak Spanish, but I can just imagine how magical this must sound in the way Neruda first wrote it.

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  6. Karen Edmisten // February 22, 2014 at 8:52 pm // Reply

    I love Neruda. Can anyone write a love poem like he does?

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  7. What a great poem! I love the painting too! :)

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