Friday Love Poems: “XVII (I Do Not Love You)” by Pablo Neruda

April is winding down, which means this is the last of the Friday Love Poems. This was a very sad moment, until I found the perfect poem and all the sadness went away and I was just happy to share this with you all! Today’s selection is from Pablo Neruda, the king of love poetry. This comes from his collection, One Hundred Love Sonnets. Remember that Neruda wrote in his native tongue: spanish. So this is a translated version, but the beauty of the poem triumphs over any language gaps. If you like this, you might want to check out his collection, 20 Love Poems and a Song of Despair, for more beautiful love poems.   Enjoy!    “One Hundred Love Sonnets: XVII” I don’t love you as if you were a rose of salt, topaz, or … Continued

Friday Love Poems: “XVI” by Adrienne Rich

I’m a serious poetry lover. So April aka National Poetry Month is pretty much my favorite month of the year.  Last week, I spotlighted Robert Hass’s poem, “Happiness,” and I’m excited to share a new poem with you today.  This week’s poem comes from the late, great Adrienne Rich. Rich was a hugely influential feminist poet, probably most well known for her piece, “Diving Into the Wreck.” The poem below, however, comes from her collection of poems, “Twenty-One Love Poems.” They are a sensual exploration and celebration of the love between two women. Rich, who was married to a man and had children, spent the later part of her life with her longtime partner, Michelle Cliff. In 2012, Rich passed away, but her beautiful poetry is still very much alive.  Enjoy   XVI Across a … Continued