Pablo Neruda

(12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973 / Parral / Chile)

Don'T Go Far Off - Poem by Pablo Neruda

Don't go far off, not even for a day, because --
because -- I don't know how to say it: a day is long
and I will be waiting for you, as in an empty station
when the trains are parked off somewhere else, asleep.

Don't leave me, even for an hour, because
then the little drops of anguish will all run together,
the smoke that roams looking for a home will drift
into me, choking my lost heart.

Oh, may your silhouette never dissolve on the beach;
may your eyelids never flutter into the empty distance.
Don't leave me for a second, my dearest,

because in that moment you'll have gone so far
I'll wander mazily over all the earth, asking,
Will you come back? Will you leave me here, dying?

Comments about Don'T Go Far Off by Pablo Neruda

  • Gold Star - 69,625 Points Fabrizio Frosini (11/23/2015 5:06:00 AM)

    Soneto XLV (''No estés lejos de mí un solo día'') - SPANISH TEXT:

    No estés lejos de mì un solo dìa, porque como
    Porque, no sé decirlo, es largo el dìa,

    y te estaré esperando como en las estaciones

    cuando en alguna parte se durnmieron los trenes

    No te vayas por una hora porque entonces

    En esa hora se juntan las gotas del desvelo

    Y tal vez todo el humo que anda buscando casa

    Venga a matar aùn corazòn perdido.

    Ay que no se quebrante tu silueta en la arena,

    ay que no se vuelen tus pàrpados en la ausencia:

    no te vayaspor un minuto, bienamada,

    porque en ese minuto te habràs ido tan lejos

    que vo cruzaré toda la tierra pregustando

    si volveràs o si me dejaras muriendo. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 69,625 Points Fabrizio Frosini (11/23/2015 5:00:00 AM)


    Non star lontana da me un solo giorno, perché,

    perché, non so dirlo, è lungo il giorno,

    e ti starò attendendo come nelle stazioni

    quando in qualche parte si addormentano i treni.

    Non andartene per un’ora perché allora

    in quell’ora s’uniscono le gocce dell’insonnia

    e forse tutto il fumo che va cercando casa

    verrà ancora a uccidere il mio cuore perduto.

    Ahi non s’infranga la tua figura nell’arena,

    ahi, non volino le tue palpebre nell’assenza:

    non andartene per un minuto, adorata,

    perché in quel minuto sarai andata sì lungi

    che attraverserò tutta la terra interrogando

    se tornerai o se mi lascerai morire. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 37,059 Points * Sunprincess * (11/16/2015 8:11:00 AM)

    ...........beautiful poem....and so heartfelt ★ (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 37,059 Points * Sunprincess * (11/16/2015 8:10:00 AM)

    ...........beautiful poem....and so heartfelt ★ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 288 Points Ruth Hare (10/26/2015 6:17:00 AM)

    Will you come back? Will you leave me here, dying?
    So melodramatic - and so sweet! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 9,486 Points Charity Nduhiu (9/10/2015 4:57:00 AM)

    Because of love, I will not go far off. Wonderful Pablo (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 887 Points Nafis Shadhin (9/8/2015 11:14:00 AM)

    No words. Just amazing. Awesome poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Dawn weil (8/13/2015 7:31:00 PM)

    Desperately beautiful (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,363 Points Ruby Mostazir (8/2/2015 3:07:00 PM)

    No words for this fav! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 469 Points Gauri Sharma (7/31/2015 11:15:00 AM)

    Pablo Neruda..its exclusively beautiful 😘 (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 4,272 Points Tanya Stewart-boateng (7/26/2015 5:50:00 PM)

    Such a lover. Beautifully done. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 174 Points Jan Tchamani (7/20/2015 7:07:00 AM)

    Never fails to move me (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,404 Points Edgar Stevens (7/1/2015 6:35:00 AM)

    this poem is awesome...have read it many times before (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 469 Points Gauri Sharma (6/27/2015 12:54:00 AM)

    this poet has a great sense of writing and understanding things..i have just fallen in love with his poems (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,260 Points Phanice Wamukota (6/25/2015 8:36:00 AM)

    For you, I won't go a step away. I am here to stay. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 610 Points Zoila T. Flores (5/13/2015 12:10:00 PM)

    Well, I wouldn't let my dearest friend too far away either. Nice poem (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 194 Points Tandin Wangchuk (4/30/2015 11:21:00 PM)

    because in that moment you'll have gone so far
    I'll wander mazily over all the earth, asking,
    Will you come back? Will you leave me here, dying? (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 821 Points Matthias Pantaleon (4/30/2015 10:02:00 AM)

    Pablo is one of the world greatest poet, I expect nothing less. Well penned and well accepted by this reviewer (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 4,054 Points Godfrey Morris (4/28/2015 10:41:00 PM)

    Awesome poem. It gave me goose bumps. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie naina shah (4/28/2015 5:20:00 AM)

    It shows the intensity of love that a lover cant bear to leave the person ţo whom he/she loves even d For a moment.. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Poem Edited: Thursday, May 5, 2011

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