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Pablo Neruda

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

The Dead Woman


If suddenly you do not exist,
if suddenly you no longer live,
I shall live on.

I do not dare,
I do not dare to write it,
if you die.

I shall live on.

For where a man has no voice,
there, my voice.

Where blacks are beaten,
I cannot be dead.
When my brothers go to prison
I shall go with them.

When victory,
not my victory,
but the great victory comes,
even though I am mute I must speak;
I shall see it come even
though I am blind.

No, forgive me.
If you no longer live,
if you, beloved, my love,
if you have died,
all the leaves will fall in my breast,
it will rain on my soul night and day,
the snow will burn my heart,
I shall walk with frost and fire and death and snow,
my feet will want to walk to where you are sleeping, but
I shall stay alive,
because above all things
you wanted me indomitable,
and, my love, because you know that I am not only a man
but all mankind.

Submitted: Monday, January 10, 2005
Edited: Friday, May 02, 2014

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  • Jan Suberman (4/25/2007 7:39:00 PM)

    The poem reads as follows:

    'Forgive me
    if you, my beloved,
    my love, have died

    All the leaves,
    will fall on my breasts.

    It will rain on my soul,
    All day, all night.

    My feet will want to march,
    to where you are sleeping.

    but I must go on living.'

    This, I translated from the spanish version. (my housekeeper speaks fluent spanish as she is from Columbia and aided me with the translation) . The spanish version is a bit more complex, however, this is the poem a friend told me about that was in the movie 'Truly, Madly, Deeply', with Alan Rickman and the fine actress whom I am draawing a blank, and she truly is a magnificent British acttress. She was also in the movie titled 'Mona Lisa Smile', with Julia Roberts. (Report) Reply

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