The best love poem

Love verses have long lost their charm on me. I was certain none of them shall move me, until I saw these lines inside a train going to Quezon City.  Everything is captured by the lines: love, pride, bravado, desperation, hope. And need I say love again?

Ernesto Cardenal

Nang mawala ka sa akin, ikaw at ako’y nawalan.

Ako dahil ikaw ang minahal ko nang lubusan,

at ikaw dahil ako ang sa iyo’y lubusang nagmahal.

Nguni’t sa dalawa ay ikaw ang higit na nawalan.

Kaya kong mahalin ang iba tulad ng pagmamahal ko sa iyo,

ika’y ‘di mamahalin tulad nang kung paano kita minahal.

Ernesto Cardenal  (Granada, Nicaragua 1925-      )

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