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.


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  • (6/22/2018 3:54:00 AM)


    the poem made me cry with joy and sorrow i love it (Report) Reply

  • Jez Brul (6/19/2018 3:48:00 AM)


    Very passionately written.. (Report) Reply

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  • (6/11/2018 5:02:00 PM)


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  • (6/4/2018 9:49:00 AM)


    Cherishing...... (Report) Reply

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  • mark sephat (5/30/2018 2:06:00 AM)


    i really love this poem as it brings out the emotion (Report) Reply

  • (5/29/2018 3:35:00 PM)


    im 16 years old and went to english and had to do this project where we pick a poem and analyse it. i randomly searched for one im glad i chose this one because there is so much emotion behind these words and the speaker goes through the three biggest emotions. i see this as a heartbreak and just going through those powerful feelings and being able to express them in words that catch a reader is a job well done. (Report) Reply

  • (5/27/2018 1:15:00 AM)


    A salute to this poet.. Really great work. (Report) Reply

  • (5/23/2018 12:23:00 PM)


    It is about CONDITIONAL love. Unconditional love; never forgotten (Report) Reply

  • (5/22/2018 4:45:00 PM)


    Beautiful If love be true Science will carry it (Report) Reply

  • (5/20/2018 11:19:00 PM)


    One of the best of any he has ever written. A favorite since i was 18 years old... (Report) Reply

  • Britte Ninad (5/20/2018 1:54:00 AM)


    the straight cut words for love-

    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.
    (Report) Reply

  • Lungelo S Mbuyazi (5/19/2018 2:18:00 AM)


    Very creative, ....great work (Report) Reply

  • (5/11/2018 9:23:00 AM)


    Wow I love this poem it is interesting (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (5/9/2018 6:34:00 AM)


    The last stanza is the poem. Everything that precedes it leads to love. (Report) Reply

  • (5/8/2018 7:46:00 AM)


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    I LIKE PABLO HE IS HOT AND VEY GOOD LOOKINGS
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  • (5/8/2018 7:39:00 AM)


    i love his poems they help me get through difficult situations. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Thursday, August 7, 2014


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