When you love someone, is it enough to know you love them? In this poem by Pablo Neruda, the poet describes his feelings for his love, understanding her feelings from her silence. He acts accordingly so that she can feel the depth of his emotion. True feelings of love remain, even in silence.
“And let me talk to you with your silence
that is bright as a lamp, simple as a ring.”
I’ve again included the English and Spanish versions, where the the melancholy mood is expressed in both languages.
I Like For You To Be Still
Me Gustas Cuando Callas
If you want an audio experience and for the words to wash over you, try listening to these readings. Glenn Close reads I Like For You To Be Still and Alejandro Sanz does Me Gusta Cuando Callas. I got chills listening to the recordings.