The Beauty of Sadness

“I can write the saddest poem of all tonight. I loved her, and sometimes she loved me too” said Pablo Neruda in his poem “I Can Write the Saddest Lines” which appeared in his Veinte Poemas de Amor y Una Cancion de Desesperada (Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair). Love poems can be some of the loveliest verse, and yet contain the pentacle of despair within its lines. There is beauty in sadness. There is despair and loneliness in loving. Take for example yet another Neruda poem, from the last lines of “If you Forget Me”:

if each day,
each hour,
you feel that you are destined for me
with implacable sweetness,
if each day a flower
climbs up to your lips to seek me,
ah my love, ah my own,
in me all that fire is repeated,
in me nothing is extinguished or forgotten,
my love feeds on your love, beloved,
and as long as you live it will be in your arms
without leaving mine.

Love knows no creed, no race, no boundaries, no pace. It is poetic and yet it is mundane. Experiencing love can be the ultimate of existence, or it can be the ultimatum of sadness. I really cannot express the sadness and the love except through the poetic. Here is a link to one of my own poems. I hope it will explain more than I can in prose: 


3 comments on “The Beauty of Sadness

  1. I can’t remember how long I have thought this, how long I have loved sadness for it’s guileless seduction. All the more reason to appreciate this post. Thank you for sharing and thank you for dropping by 🙂

    • I thank you for your wonderful reception. I believe that a great poem must have a quality that speaks to all, especially to the immediate reader. Sadness is one of those emotions that can stop a reader and make him or her wonder what their position is, and how this poem changes it and reflect.

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