Born Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto in Chile, Pablo Neruda's poetry won the Nobel Prize. Neruda is most well known for his love poems, having filled several books with romatic verse. Below is one of his best poems, entitled 'Absence.' It describes the feeling immediately after the speaker leaves their loved one, already hurting and suffering thirst and hunger pangs for her. He begs her to hold on to her sweetness in exchange for a rose.
Apenas te he dejado,
vas en mi, cristalina
o inquieta, herida por mi mismo
o colmada de amor, como cuando tus ojos
se cierran sobre el don de la vida
que sin cesar te entrego.
nos hemos encontrado
sedientos y nos hemos
bebido todo el agua y la sangre,
y nos mordimos
como el fuego muerde
guardame tu dulzura
Yo te dare tambien
The Captain's Verses-The Love Poems is an entire anthology of such word games of desire, a highly recommended work of romance and a glimpse into Neruda's soul. Other Neruda poems, as well as love poetry by other Spanish poets can also be seen at www.poema-de-amor.com