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

  • (8/1/2018 5:21:00 PM)


    Show me a poet and I will lead you to a god who answers to the name Neruda (Report) Reply

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  • (8/1/2018 3:29:00 PM)


    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.
    (Report) Reply

  • (8/1/2018 3:18:00 PM)


    toward those isles of yours that wait for me. (Report) Reply

  • (7/31/2018 4:56:00 PM)


    So beautiful. I cried: ') (Report) Reply

  • (7/22/2018 10:24:00 PM)


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  • (7/18/2018 12:10:00 PM)


    ❤❤❤❤❤ Thank you, Mr. Neruda (Report) Reply

  • (7/18/2018 1:53:00 AM)


    Your legacy will leaved forever. 👌 you are a hero for lives (Report) Reply

  • (7/14/2018 11:35:00 AM)


    That is the most mean one I ever have heard if you forget Me (Report) Reply

  • The Poet Poet (7/13/2018 1:28:00 PM)


    YOU CAN NEVER BE FORGOTTEN SIR BY ANYONE
    TODAY IS 12 JULY
    UR HAPPY B'DAY
    MANY SHARE INCL MANY
    ENJOY WHERE EVER YO MAY BE
    IN THE FARTHEST FOLDS OF ETERNITY
    HOPE YOU CAN HEAR ME
    (Report) Reply

  • Petals Azureblue (7/9/2018 1:58:00 PM)


    Love me freely I will love you truly
    But if you stop there'll be no corpse
    To mark the day of our rupture...
    (Report) Reply

  • (7/6/2018 8:54:00 PM)


    This is truly absolutely true love! ! ! ! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • (6/29/2018 7:18:00 PM)


    Guess this means his love is based on how she feels at the time. (Report) Reply

  • Sheikh Shadi Marjan (6/29/2018 3:21:00 PM)


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

    .....................Excellent
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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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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Thursday, August 7, 2014


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