“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”

This is one of the most well known poems by Pablo Neruda , it strikes right to the heart of the readers. Breaking the textual barriers of Platonic Love , Neruda is bringing forward the “Original concept” of Love , one that has been converted into Sin due to the politics of intimacy. Why for thousands of years whole religious , social and political discourse wants to regulate “intimacy”. Why “Intimacy” between two people has to be sanctioned by God, State, Society and Family? Even when doing such a thing is logical violation of concept of “Intimacy” itself.

Why death , stones , hate , prejudice, bigotry , all dominate the poetic, social, religious, political and legal discourse involving Love , Why intimate love has to be “dark”, so that Neruda had to celebrate its “dark side”?

 

Why in 2007, still “Marrige” has to be defined, Why lovers have to be stoned and hanged? Why dont we leave all the definitions , all the statutes , all the verdicts on the two lovers who decide to hold hands!

Answer to all these “whys” is in Politics of Separation, control and power, intimacy has to be regulated in order to divide , subjugate and control the people. To create the “institutes” of Power and Segregation, the Church, The Mosque , The State , The Family.Thats why Love had to be the “Original Sin” causing all the misfortunes of Mankind , there had to be an Adam and An Eve . Eve had to be temptation of Sin, so that her daughters could be buried, stoned , killed, burned , sold , abused, converted into domestic slaves, or paraded Naked on stage and Porn flicks.

To keep slaves Happy , “Perverts” had to be created, to cause fear . Fear is another source of Power. Definitions have to be created , lust, temptation, longing, sin, adultery ,Normal, Pervert, Mad, Sane—. Knowledge is Power too , How Knowledge has raped the third words , one needs to read Edward Said’s Orientalism. And how it has affected Love , read Foucault’s “History of Sexuality“.

Every thing to stop Love, because Love completes and it cuts off the roots of power:

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————