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,
that on that day,
at that hour,
I shall lift my arms
and my roots will set off
to seek another land.

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

  • Rogelio Guillermo (10/16/2017 3:55:00 PM)

    Reading this poem, I remember myself thinking of home country after being away for a long time. (Report) Reply

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  • Suman Pokhrel (10/11/2017 9:07:00 AM)

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

    most liked lines.
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  • (10/4/2017 9:17:00 PM)

    Excellent ..! The flow and arrangement of words, the charming urge in the poem and all make it a wonderful poem. I enjoyed it again and again.. congratulations..!! (Report) Reply

  • Chukwuma Ndububa (10/2/2017 4:06:00 PM)

    Haha. Sweet lines in a mean style. Pablo was up to pay his lover in their own coin. Quite a tit-for-tat piece. (Report) Reply

  • Mario, Lucien, Rene Odekerken (9/17/2017 1:28:00 PM)

    The title tells it all
    (Report) Reply

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (9/17/2017 9:36:00 AM)

    little boats
    that sail
    toward those isles of yours that wait for me.

    Wow what a beautiful line!
    Thanks poet for sharing in such a lovely way.
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  • (9/11/2017 12:17:00 PM)

    This poem should be required reading for every teenager before their first date. We are gamely taught to gamble all for love; to be self sacrificing and loyal, often at the cost of betraying ourselves. Unrequited love is the most painful manifestation of this. Naruda dares to inject a little sanity into romance. I can't think of anything that needs it more. (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (8/30/2017 7:51:00 AM)

    Fantastic expression. Beautiful poem. (Report) Reply

  • Oliver Samuel (8/27/2017 9:11:00 AM)

    you can really use words (Report) Reply

  • (8/22/2017 2:31:00 PM)

    Nice poem love it (Report) Reply

  • Hirak Mishra (8/14/2017 1:46:00 AM)

    Extrmly mind blowing (Report) Reply

  • Rahul  Majumder (8/8/2017 11:02:00 PM)

    One of the best by Pablo.. Beautiful.. So much love and feel.. Kudos (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (8/6/2017 10:18:00 AM)

    It is a marvelous poem having stunning expression with romantic feelings. Nice penmanship. I appreciate this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Jeanette Telusma (7/27/2017 8:45:00 PM)

    A romantic poem with beautiful thoughts of love and emotions. A great piece. (Report) Reply

  • (7/26/2017 9:41:00 AM)

    wonderful intension of poem. But can be improved by rhyming words. I am not insulting him but someone may improve this poem by his contribution (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (7/18/2017 7:44:00 PM)

    A poem that hungers for love but will nit chase it to the end of the Earth.

    A great poem.
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  • Sonia Deendayal (7/15/2017 8:26:00 AM)

    great work done............innermost human feelings.... (Report) Reply

  • CHINONSO IGWE (7/12/2017 2:41:00 PM)

    Nice work.this is just to show us really that true love never lies (Report) Reply

  • Gurleen Kaur Narang (6/29/2017 2:48:00 PM)

    I think the poem is so relatable to our very own lives.Just fell in love with this poem! (Report) Reply

  • Gerhardus Keen (6/17/2017 8:29:00 PM)

    Interesting way of writing a poem. I am learning something new with every poem I read. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Thursday, August 7, 2014

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