Love Sonnet XI

by P Neruda

I crave your mouth, your voice, your hair.

Silent and starving, I prowl through the streets.

Bread does not nourish me, dawn disrupts me, all day.

I hunt for the liquid measure of your steps.

I hunger for your sweet laugh,

Your hands the color of a savage harvest,

Hunger for the pale stones of your fingernails,

I want to eat your skin like a whole almond.

I want to eat the sunbeam flaring in your lovely body,

The sovereign nose of your arrogant face,

I want to eat the fleeting shade of your lashes,

And I pace around hungry, sniffing the twilight,

Hunting for you, for your hot heart,

Like a puma in the barrens of Quitratue.

Published by Robin

I'm a retired journalist who still has stories to tell. This seems to be a good place to tell them.

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