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If You Forget Me

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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
student in school 14 April 2021
could someone tell me the theme of this poem, i need to know it for this school assignment
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Sylvia Frances Chan 26 February 2021
Great passionate poem from a classic great poet. Full of excellence!
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A this is the sweetest poem I've ever read! He's so romantic!
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Larry Lynch 15 January 2021
I wonder if Neruda's 'Tonight I can write the saddest lines' is the sequel or prequel to 'If you forget me'... he is such a master of conveying the complications, and conditions, of romantic love
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Ratnakar Mandlik 14 January 2021
Intensity of emotions flowing through out the poem as also the love for beloved are anazing.
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Tori 14 January 2021
Is this in the public domain?
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Roger 02 January 2021
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Hanpeng Hambang 27 December 2020
'If little by little you stop loving me, I shall stop loving you little by little.' Very clever. 'My love feeds on your love, beloved, and as long as you live it will be in your arms without leaving mine.' Genuine and raw. Such a beautiful poem.
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Re Handayani Handayani 24 December 2020
Its awesome.. i feel like this is for someone.. mine..
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Mahtab Bangalee 22 December 2020
my love feeds on your love, beloved, and as long as you live it will be in your arms without leaving mine. /// This is one of the best poems of the great world poet Pablo Neruda; I love this poem without forgetting its spontaneous romanticism
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