La reina (Neruda) (Eng)

Not so long time ago I found myself reading this poem from Neruda (1st in spanish, after in english)…

La reina 
Yo te he nombrado reina.
Hay más altas que tú, más altas.
Hay más puras que tú, más puras.
Hay más bellas que tú, hay más bellas.
 
Pero tú eres la reina.
 
Cuando vas por las calles
Nadie te reconoce.
Nadie ve tu corona de cristal, nadie mira
la alfombra de oro rojo
que pisas donde pasas,
la alfombra que no existe.
 
Y cuando asomas
suenan todos los ríos
de mi cuerpo, sacuden
el cielo las campanas,
y un himno llena el mundo.
 
Sólo tú y yo,
sólo tú y yo, amor mío,
lo escuchamos.

(Pablo Neruda)

The queen (english version)
I have named you queen.
There are taller than you, taller.
There are purer than you, purer.
There are lovelier than you, lovelier.
 
But you are the queen.
 
When you go through the streets
No one recognizes you.
No one sees your crystal crown, no one looks
At the carpet of red gold
That you tread as you pass,
The nonexistent carpet.
 
And when you appear
All the rivers sound
In my body, bells
Shake the sky,
And a hymn fills the world.
 
Only you and I,
Only you and I, my love,
Listen to it.
(Pablo Neruda)

The poem remembered me the next clip of one of my favourite tv-shows of my childhood… “my so-called life” where they were talking about a sonet from William Shakeaspeare

 

 And the beautiful sonet comes next…

My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red, than her lips red:
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damasked, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
And in some perfumes is there more delight
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound:
I grant I never saw a goddess go, 
My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground:
And yet by heaven, I think my love as rare,
As any she belied with false compare.

(William Shakeaspeare)

 

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