The Queen

Many love poems that are quoted by men to women describe ‘the one’, they go on to paint a picture of this woman who was God’s special masterpiece and what not. And,truth be told, every woman, deep down, wants to be that woman for her man.

In high school, I came across this poem. It forever changed my perception of love poems. Pablo Neruda paints the same picture, but his expression of love to his queen is not popular. Check it out and let me know what you think.

The Queen
~ Pablo Neruda


I have named you queen.
There are taller ones than you, taller.
There are purer ones than you, purer.
There are lovelier than you, lovelier.

But you are the queen.

When you go through the streets
no one recognizes you.
No one sees your crystal crown, no one looks
at the carpet of red gold
that you tread as you pass,
the nonexistent carpet.

And when you appear
all the rivers sound
in my body, bells
shake the sky,
and a hymn fills the world.

Only you and I,
only you and I, my love,
listen to it.



Author: Nanjira

Perched at the intersection of tech & governance, media, culture.

  • Basic poets pour praise, real poets (like Neruda) express a feeling

  • Deep,honest..and pure ‘where can we find such’ oh well!

  • It doesn’t always have to be like they show it in the movies. I absolutely love the realness that Pablo expresses. That there’s lovelier,taller and purer ones out there,but she is HIS QUEEN! Wow.

  • Nice blog

  • I’m not a fan of poetry. But damn! I know how this feels.

  • Love it and preety nice blog 🙂