I Like it When You Are Quiet
by Pablo Neruda
I like it when you are quiet because it is as
though you are absent
&you hear me from far away, & my voice
does not touch you
It looks as though your eyes had flown away
& it looks as if a kiss has sealed your mouth.
Like all things are full of my soul
You emerge from the things full of my soul Dream butterfly,
you look like my soul,& you look like a melancholy word.
I like when you are quiet & it is as though
you are distant.
It is as though you are complaining, butterfly in lullaby.
& you hear from me far away, & my voice
does not reach you:
let me fall quiet with your own silence
Clear like a lamp, simple like a ring.
You are like the night, quiet & constellated.
Your silence is of a star, so far away & solitary.
I like you when you are quiet because it is as
though you were absent.
Distant & painful as if you had died
A word then, a smile is enough
& I am happy, happy that it is not true.