Cancer: A Self-portrait and a Poem
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.
I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.
From Sonnet XVII by Pablo Neruda, born 12 July 1904
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