Vincent’s birthday present

Today is Kate’s birthday! And I thought that I would share with you one of Vincent’s presents to her.

In my alternate DIE FOR ME universe, Kate wakes up this morning, looks at her phone, and sees a text message telling her to look in her bag. She pulls out a red envelope, and inside is a poem hand-copied in Vincent’s script with the inscription, “Happy birthday Kate, my own cherry tree.”

(by Pablo Neruda, from “Twenty Love Poems and a song of despair”)

Every day you play with the light of the universe.
Subtle visitor, you arrive in the flower and the water.
You are more than this white head that I hold tightly
as a cluster of fruit, every day, between my hands.

You are like nobody since I love you.
Let me spread you out among yellow garlands.
Who writes your name in letters of smoke among the stars of the south?
Oh let me remember you as you were before you existed.

Now, now too, little one, you bring me honeysuckle,
and even your breasts smell of it.
While the sad wind goes slaughtering butterflies
I love you, and my happiness bites the plum of your mouth.

How you must have suffered getting accustomed to me.
my savage, solitary soul, my name that sends them all running.
So many times we have seen the morning star burn, kissing our eyes,
and over our heads the grey light unwind in turning fans.
My words rained over you, stroking you.
A long time I have loved the sunned mother-of-pearl of your body.
I go so far as to think that you own the universe.
I will bring you happy flowers from the mountains, bluebells,
dark hazels, and rustic baskets of kisses.

I want
to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees.

20 Comments to Vincent’s birthday present

  1. by S.G.C. - On December 9, 2011

    OMG! French are so romantic!

  2. by Enjoli - On December 9, 2011

    To cute! I’d want a present like that. So romantic ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. by BethDazzled - On December 9, 2011

    I want to do to Vincent what this poem does to my heart. Looove that revenant! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. by Rose - On December 10, 2011

    I think I just fell in love! <3

  5. by Andrea Clunes Velรกsquez - On December 10, 2011

    Beautiful present! And how cool to see you quote a poet from my country. That doesn’t happen very often! ^^

    Happy birthday for Kate~! ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. by ways to say i love you - On December 12, 2011

    geez i would cry love presents

  7. by Amy - On December 12, 2011

    Happy B-day Kate!
    Such a lucky girl getting this lovely poem. That last line really made me shiver!

  8. by M - On December 12, 2011

    Beautiful poem, and I’m not even much of a poetry lover. But I hope he followed up on at least one of those pretty suggestions….

  9. by DeadRoses - On December 13, 2011

    <3 love it!waiting for Until i die….about to die!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. by Chesca - On December 16, 2011

    That is amazing! What a lucky girl! Those two were definatly made for each other!

  11. by Diana M. - On December 20, 2011

    I LOVE Pablo Neruda!…. But apparently I love Vincent more <3 *swooon* :Dhaha! Ms. Plum, I just finished your book and 2 mins later I'm already online trying to see if there's online chapters for book 2. I freaking loved it! Thank you so much for sharing your story with us!


  12. by Carrie - On December 21, 2011


  13. by Emily - On December 26, 2011

    OMG! I am seriously in LOVE with Vincent! Why do French always have to be romantic?!? Can’t wait till, Until I Die comes out! Those two are definitely soulmates!

  14. by Deborah - On December 27, 2011

    OMG Vincent is soooooooooooooo romantic. I would love to have a birthday present like that!!!!!!

  15. by BarefootMedStudent - On December 27, 2011

    I just got this book after reading bunches of gushing reviews. I’m sure I’ll enjoy it!

  16. by Sherry - On December 27, 2011

    I just read “Die for Me” and enjoyed it so much! I’m into Vampires and such this was a great change from that venue. I’m so excited that you have another book coming out in May can’t wait to read it…..please continue with the series if you can!

    Your newest fan!

  17. by Sydney - On December 28, 2011

    Its like a nice and respectable way to say he wants to make love to her! Its so romantic!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. by Kayla Prather - On December 30, 2011

    OMG that was beautiful. Kate is so lucky, good men are so hard to find. wow that brought tears to my eyes

  19. by Tezzy G - On January 11, 2012

    Love is a gift that makes your heart pound.

    She risked her life for love and this is what she recieves…




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