Pablo Neruda

(12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973 / Parral)

If You Forget Me - Poem by Pablo Neruda

I want you to know
one thing.

You know how this is:
if I look
at the crystal moon, at the red branch
of the slow autumn at my window,
if I touch
near the fire
the impalpable ash
or the wrinkled body of the log,
everything carries me to you,
as if everything that exists,
aromas, light, metals,
were little boats
that sail
toward those isles of yours that wait for me.

Well, now,
if little by little you stop loving me
I shall stop loving you little by little.

If suddenly
you forget me
do not look for me,
for I shall already have forgotten you.

If you think it long and mad,
the wind of banners
that passes through my life,
and you decide
to leave me at the shore
of the heart where I have roots,
remember
that on that day,
at that hour,
I shall lift my arms
and my roots will set off
to seek another land.

But
if each day,
each hour,
you feel that you are destined for me
with implacable sweetness,
if each day a flower
climbs up to your lips to seek me,
ah my love, ah my own,
in me all that fire is repeated,
in me nothing is extinguished or forgotten,
my love feeds on your love, beloved,
and as long as you live it will be in your arms
without leaving mine.


Comments about If You Forget Me by Pablo Neruda

  • Abduhoo Salamath Abduhoo Salamath (8/16/2016 2:30:00 AM)

    Well, now,
    if little by little you stop loving me
    I shall stop loving you little by little.

    If suddenly
    you forget me
    do not look for me,
    for I shall already have forgotten you.

    Very nice explanation.... (Report) Reply

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  • Augustus Mutebesi Billy Augustus Mutebesi Billy (8/10/2016 1:11:00 AM)

    this is one of those timeless poems! (Report) Reply

  • Sru Wils (8/9/2016 5:17:00 AM)

    Pablo Neruda never fails to amaze you! (Report) Reply

  • Sarah Mkhonza (8/6/2016 7:38:00 AM)

    I read this and just could not help seeing two souls struggling the way we always do to keep the feeling going. The two spirits that tries to tango and then go into the push and pull of this feeling are just me and you so lost in this thing called life that I just have to give it a 9. (Report) Reply

  • Stanley Onome Oyibode Stanley Onome Oyibode (8/1/2016 3:01:00 PM)

    This poem teaches the law of reciprocal and symbiotic relationship. It tells us that the quantity and quality of love you put in a relationship is what you will get. I must confess this is one of the best love piece I have ever read. (Report) Reply

  • The Poet Poet (7/31/2016 4:30:00 PM)

    lovely

    if little by little you stop loving me
    I shall stop loving you little by little.
    if you feel that you are destined for me...in me all that fire is repeated,
    in me nothing is extinguished or forgotten,
    my love feeds on your love, beloved,
    and as long as you live it will be in your arms
    without leaving mine.............................................................................]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]] (Report) Reply

  • The Poet Poet (7/31/2016 4:29:00 PM)

    if little by little you stop loving me
    I shall stop loving you little by little.
    if you feel that you are destined for me...in me all that fire is repeated,
    in me nothing is extinguished or forgotten,
    my love feeds on your love, beloved,
    and as long as you live it will be in your arms
    without leaving mine.

    u r or were
    a finest lover poet
    i do relate as i too age


    100000000000000000 marks from me go ask the sea (Report) Reply

  • Igwilo Vincent Somto Igwilo Vincent Somto (7/28/2016 8:01:00 AM)

    Love always leaves us with such awe and wonder that it is sometimes hard to put them down in writing but here pablo makes a masterpiece of his feeling, that's a nice one (Report) Reply

  • Brett Brown Brett Brown (7/27/2016 5:29:00 AM)

    I had my wife read this as a build up to my proposal. Teary eyed she finished the reading with; "So, we getting married or not?" (Report) Reply

  • Elizabeth Bloomfield Elizabeth Bloomfield (7/26/2016 4:27:00 PM)

    if little by little you stop loving me
    I shall stop loving you little by little.
    if you feel that you are destined for me...in me all that fire is repeated,
    in me nothing is extinguished or forgotten,
    my love feeds on your love, beloved,
    and as long as you live it will be in your arms
    without leaving mine.

    These are my favorite parts of the poem. It's either one thing or the other, no in between. I love the settled tone of this poem.10/10 (Report) Reply

  • Donna Jones Donna Jones (7/19/2016 2:10:00 AM)

    First I read you and what a beautiful poem (Report) Reply

  • Madhabi Banerjee Madhabi Banerjee (7/16/2016 1:30:00 PM)

    beautiful. great writing (Report) Reply

  • Cris Ben Cris Ben (7/15/2016 10:17:00 AM)

    distance and waiting are some of the things that test love. however as long as neither of a couple's love has given up, love will still stay and grow.2 hearts feeding each other,2 hearts making each other alive. sweetest thing ever. superb piece of poetry! (Report) Reply

  • Allan Motionless (7/15/2016 9:52:00 AM)

    Wow this poem just inspired me (Report) Reply

  • Shrishial G P Shrishial G P (7/9/2016 12:37:00 PM)

    Wow! ! One of the great poem about the love. I really enjoyed this poem. And thank you for the sharing this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Poornima  Thapa Poornima Thapa (7/5/2016 9:27:00 AM)

    my love feeds on your love.....such beautiful and true lines...A Unique way of expressing in his poem.. (Report) Reply

  • Zubiya Surti Zubiya Surti (7/2/2016 11:54:00 AM)

    Everything carries me to you It is just soulful..
    But why does Pablo Neruda say that if his beloved forgets him, he would have already forgotten her? isn't that being a little mean? (Report) Reply

  • Chukwunonso Chukwudobe (6/20/2016 9:10:00 AM)

    Can't I just hug this masterpiece...it's so beautiful, a selfless expression of the mind. The heart understands the sincerity in the poem. I just fell in love again. (Report) Reply

  • Gbanaibolou Burutolu (6/11/2016 7:37:00 AM)

    What a fine piece of poem! (Report) Reply

  • Only Your's Only Your's (5/9/2016 3:12:00 AM)

    Lovely poem, would rank it as one of the best. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Thursday, August 7, 2014


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