Sonnet 89

When I die, I want your hands on my eyes
I want the light and wheat of your beloved hands to pass their freshness over me once more
I want to feel the softness that changed my destiny.
I want you to live while I wait for you, asleep.
I want your ears still to hear the wind, I want you
to sniff the sea's aroma that we loved together,
to continue to walk on the sand we walk on.
I want what I love to continue to live,
and you whom I love and sang above everything else
to continue to flourish, full-flowered
so that you can reach everything my love directs you to.
so that my shadow can travel along in your hair.
so that everything can learn the reason for my song.
-Pablo Neruda


When I die, I want your hands on my eyes
I want the light and wheat of your beloved hands to pass their freshness over me once more
I want to feel the softness that changed my destiny.

Im going to die soon, as in I'm on my Deathbed. When I die, I want you to be with me. Not for you to tell others how much I love them, or to tell you, but I want you to be with me. I want all of the things that you did to change my life to come once more before I die.


I want you to live while I wait for you, asleep.

Dying is not considered an end, but a transition of soulmates from material earth to a perfect afterlife.


I want your ears still to hear the wind, I want you
to sniff the sea's aroma that we loved together,
to continue to walk on the sand we walk on.

Keep and relish the memories that we have now and love me the same as when we made those memories. Continue to do the things that made us happy, in rememberance of me, but also in anticipation of afterlife when we will meet again

Sand and wind are changing things, and only nature can control their course. The sand and the aroma of the ocean are very familiar sensory experiences and are a reference to memories. The natural world is a big factor in this poem.


I want what I love to continue to live,
and you whom I love and sang above everything else
to continue to flourish, full-flowered:

Don't slow down now that I will be gone. Keep living and continue to do the things that make you happy. You can still be a complete individual without me by your side, because I will always be with you in spirit.


so that you can reach everything my love directs you to.
so that my shadow can travel along in your hair.
so that everything can learn the reason for my song.

If you do these things, then you will reach Heaven, the place that my love for you is drawing you towards. Then my memory will become reality once more and we can live happily, and I can show you, not just tell you, how complete and happy ou truly make me.

There is also a central theme in a woman's hair. Part of what makes a woman feminine on the outside is her long hair. If cut off, she resembles a man and loses a lot of who she is as a woman. By running through her hair, he is accepting who she is as a woman and becoming a part of her once more, this time in a literal sense.