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

  • (5/13/2019 4:31:00 AM)

    Bitter sweet! If both of you have already decided that to let go someone you love is to let you realize there is more better fitting relationship. (Report)Reply

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  • (5/5/2019 2:13:00 PM)

    Really a nice poem. It tells the universal truth so softly. (Report)Reply

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  • (4/28/2019 11:31:00 PM)

    Well, now,
    if little by little you stop loving me
    I shall stop loving you little by little.
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  • (4/24/2019 2:36:00 PM)

    So beautiful poem, one of my favorite. (Report)Reply

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  • (4/24/2019 8:53:00 AM)

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

    Pablo Neruda - Honest man
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  • (4/4/2019 8:45:00 AM)

    what meaning of the poem? (Report)Reply

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  • (4/3/2019 9:52:00 AM)

    booooooooooooooooooooooooo (Report)Reply

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  • (3/27/2019 8:38:00 AM)

    An appreciable piece of art (Report)Reply

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  • Castellenas John (3/26/2019 4:29:00 PM)

    Amazing poetry by one of the great poets. (Report)Reply

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  • (3/24/2019 4:10:00 PM)

    perfect (Report)Reply

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  • (3/23/2019 12:03:00 AM)

    What a delightful line and how raw and true it is..“ My love feeds on your love“. (Report)Reply

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  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (3/22/2019 9:36:00 PM)

    The poet makes it crystal clear and loud that every action will be reciprocated according to the action of his beloved.
    If she forgets him, if she takes a long time to answer, if she stops loving him.......several conditions accentuated by nature as well. A conditional mind crafted into an interesting and flowing poem!
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    (5/15/2019 11:56:00 PM)

    " Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds" said the greatest writer of all time.

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  • Nikita Gupta (3/14/2019 4:56:00 AM)

    Beautiful collection of feelings (Report)Reply

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  • (2/27/2019 4:06:00 PM)

    The 911 Junta killed him.
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  • (2/25/2019 7:24:00 PM)

    Mesmerizing poem.Lost in thoughts while reading this poem. (Report)Reply

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    Awesome poem on siblings love. (Report)Reply

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  • (2/25/2019 7:21:00 PM)

    Mesmerizing poem, lost in thoughts while reading this poem. (Report)Reply

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  • (2/25/2019 7:20:00 PM)

    Siblings feel nicely expressed. An imageries packed poem. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Thursday, August 7, 2014


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