I love you

I love you short poem

I love you as one loves strange islands,
unknown, unheard, mysterious as unread letters.

I love you as one loves certain mornings,
happy to be introduced, to be part of their birth.

I love you as one loves birds,
their loves, mouths feeding mouths,
their flights that are not fancy.

I love you as one loves caves,
with fear, with wonder at its past
that generations have buried
and no one wants to dig up.

I love you directly, as one loves sunlight,
expansive valleys, hearts of mice-like people.

I love you, for your songs and your noise.
I love you, for your wings and your roots.
I love you, for who you are
and of course, for who you are not.

This poem is part of the Poetry Book Oblivion

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I owe all of my poetry to the influence of Pablo Neruda. Reading him 10 years ago on the beaches of Goa, gave me the permission to be who I am and write what I feel. My poetry has never been the same after that. All that I write is an offering to Neruda.
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