Sonnet LXVI

by PABLO NERUDA (1904-1973)

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 the cold into

the fire. I love you only because it’s you
I love; I hate you no end, 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 the 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 in blood.

Pablo Neruda Contemporaries
Edgar Guest
Jorge Luis Borges
Theodore Roethke
A.D. Hope

Cien Sonetos de Amor (100 Love Sonnets)

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