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

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  • (12/5/2018 8:35:00 AM)


    Beautiful poem beautifully written (Report) Reply

  • Gayatri Phukan (12/1/2018 6:54:00 AM)


    beautiful poem.wonderful (Report) Reply

  • Gayatri Phukan (12/1/2018 6:49:00 AM)


    very nice poem.wonderful (Report) Reply

  • Sreelakshmi Revikumar (12/1/2018 4:59:00 AM)


    In me all that fire is repeated,
    in me nothing is extinguished or forgotten,
    my love feeds on your love, beloved
    Wow! Just wow! Love feeding on your love... Can such words have any replacement. They suit each and every phrase. Great work. The comparisons and metaphors are beyond nature. They take the reader to another level where the lines are repeated again and again without boredom.
    (Report) Reply

  • Kaniamudhu Shanmugam (11/28/2018 7:29:00 AM)


    The poem is far excellent. It expresses the deepest love of the poet in a way that no poet has hitherthi expressed. (Report) Reply

  • Prabir Gayen (11/27/2018 11:34:00 PM)


    10+++++++++++++++++++ (Report) Reply

  • (11/26/2018 9:45:00 AM)


    the poet give a message to beloved that was little by little great poem (Report) Reply

  • (10/28/2018 10:17:00 AM)


    Probably the best you get what you give poem. (Report) Reply

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  • (10/2/2018 1:22:00 PM)


    this poem touched me it made me fell another way i never felt it before (Report) Reply

  • (9/25/2018 2:26:00 PM)


    Scary shit love it:D (Report) Reply

  • (9/23/2018 3:07:00 PM)


    Awesome poem (Report) Reply

  • (9/22/2018 1:11:00 AM)


    Finally beautiful. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • (9/19/2018 9:31:00 AM)


    Add a comment.Nc (Report) Reply

  • (9/13/2018 9:53:00 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.

    I love these line from the poem. This poem is really a beautiful piece of work by the poet.
    (Report) Reply

  • Marvin Tordillos (9/11/2018 5:06:00 AM)


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

    I love these lines, as well as the last stanza, truly a poem with such beauty.
    (Report) Reply

  • (8/27/2018 7:00:00 PM)


    Just to you (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Thursday, August 7, 2014


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