Shi*

Shi*

Posted on 09/20/2008


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Being of Shadow

Being of Shadow
I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
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.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way

than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.

- Pablo Neruda

valserine, feelin, lunaryuna, XOZ and 9 other people have particularly liked this photo


31 comments - The latest ones
gin_able
gin_able
I don't know what to say.....
8 years ago.
Shi* has replied to gin_able
... your vote says enough ... thanks!
8 years ago.
Christel Ehretsmann
Christel Ehretsmann
"a thing of beauty "to be read aloud
showing love is no possession , no picking flowers , but more like tolerant and respectful love as oriental people do..the fragrance of the flower being more important than its possession, which kills love itself.
The verse I prefer is :
I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers....

Your photograph is quite in harmony with the poem

As if our inner essence had the best part
8 years ago.
Shi* has replied to Christel Ehretsmann
whether we see it or not at a point in time, the light of love is present. Beings of shadow, cast by love-light. All of us. Who could think of owning such a thing?

hidden flowers, blooming sometimes in the moon's light.
8 years ago.
Armando Taborda
Armando Taborda
This is a fabulous clever Neruda's definition of love and its aim "between the shadow and the soul". Your "being of shadow" against the rocks at a liquid environment is the proper poem's essence, Dave! Great! *****!
8 years ago.
Shi* has replied to Armando Taborda
Fluid: forever changing, mutable.
Constant: light even in the shadow.
Eternal: the essence of the the thing: the soul.

Preliminary decriptions for the indescribable.

Many thanks, my friend!
8 years ago.
raf
raf
well, always i want to say something about your picture or poetry you present us under them, or better: with them, i'm just lost in thoughts.
someone told me thinking is not good for me, so i just say you this. i'm not sure what my thoughts may bring.... ;)
8 years ago.
Shi* has replied to raf
I am very happy if my contributions fire off thought or reverie, Raf. That is one of the things that I value in the work by others that I visit here on ipernity ... enjoy your weekend!
8 years ago.
Sylvie Coeffic
Sylvie Coeffic
love your picture and the poem! :-)
8 years ago.
Shi* has replied to Sylvie Coeffic
sorry, missed replying to you! Thanks for your comment, Sylvie!
8 years ago.
Sherry ~ Rebujito
Sherry ~ Rebujito
you sneak! you knew I would love this one too if I loved "being of light"!!! ;-)

kidding

but of course this is a wonderful companion piece and the words as well!

hmmmm

a blended one perhaps...being of shadow and light? ;-D
the best of both worlds :-D and both loves :-DDDDD
8 years ago.
Shi* has replied to Sherry ~ Rebujito
... and of course, you are right! This was a response to your comment re: 'Being of Light' :) ... both loves, the light and the dark ... yes, well seen! :D

Next: 'Being of Chiaroscuro'! ;)))
8 years ago.
.A.
.A.
Nothing to say .
Your image is a moving one, with or without the poem.
8 years ago.
Shi* has replied to .A.
Thanks, Mariana! The poems are usually added to the image rather than vice versa. The image can speak for itself, clearly! :)
8 years ago.
*Reinhard*
*Reinhard*
Hello Shi*, I'm an admin of the group Ipernity Frontpage & What's Hot. It would be great if you would add this doc to our group. Thank you!
8 years ago.
Shi* has replied to *Reinhard*
Done! Thanks, Reinhard.
8 years ago.
ElectronLibre     ......    (°!°)...
ElectronLibre ..…
Bonjour Shi*, je suis un administrateur du groupe Dark side of the mooN. Nous serions heureux que vous ajoutiez ce document dans notre groupe. Merci !
8 years ago.
Shi* has replied to ElectronLibre ..…
I had wondered whether to ... thanks for the invitation! Added.
8 years ago.
XOZ
XOZ
You have crawled into my soul with this beautiful poem and image. Thank you for opening up my mind in new ways. Beautiful work, Shi*!
8 years ago.
Shi* has replied to XOZ
My pleasure, exozee (ecstasy?), soul work is good work!
8 years ago.
Siegfried Vogel
Siegfried Vogel
I see you and I know
Shi*
8 years ago.
Shi* has replied to Siegfried Vogel
... ah, but what do you know? ;)
8 years ago.
Siegfried Vogel has replied to Shi*
sometimes empathy cannot be expressed in plain words.
8 years ago.
Shi* has replied to Siegfried Vogel
... is a very good answer! Thanks for that thought/feeling/expression.
8 years ago.
revcodes
revcodes
Visual poetry! Beautiful!
8 years ago.
Shi* has replied to revcodes
Thanks Kathy!
8 years ago.
Anne Seltmann
Anne Seltmann
wonderful words about love. Love is everything ... no more and no less. wonderfully your shadow picture than if you want to embrace the world.
I like the composition between the photo and the words from Pablo Neruda!
8 years ago.
Shi*
Shi*
... reaching out into the aether ... :) ... thanks, Anne!
8 years ago.
feelin
feelin
the shadow is always a reflection of reality, reality...behind what !
8 years ago.
My Awake Gottica (m.a.g)
My Awake Gottica (m.…
Beeing a cross ... :)
5 years ago.