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

  • Nadia Umber Lodhi (10/3/2018 11:37:00 AM)


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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

  • (8/27/2018 10:47:00 AM)


    we have no idea how you would have negotiated the pain of love to leave a legacy like this.. you can never be forgotten........ you live in our joy of giving words to our feelings....... (Report) Reply

    (10/12/2018 9:09:00 PM)

    Best comment @ shubha

  • (8/27/2018 10:42:00 AM)


    We may die, but poetry lives on. Our words recorded by time and now by the internet. How can I forget this famous man, Pablo Neruda, lives on in his words. That we we write poems, may also live on. (Report) Reply

  • (8/27/2018 5:27:00 AM)


    Indeed i shall only feel you when you feel me,
    And remember you when you forget me.
    (Report) Reply

  • (8/24/2018 2:21:00 PM)


    ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooof (Report) Reply

  • (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

  • (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

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Thursday, August 7, 2014


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