Pablo Neruda

(12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973 / Parral / Chile)

Don't Go Far Off


Don't go far off, not even for a day, because --
because -- I don't know how to say it: a day is long
and I will be waiting for you, as in an empty station
when the trains are parked off somewhere else, asleep.

Don't leave me, even for an hour, because
then the little drops of anguish will all run together,
the smoke that roams looking for a home will drift
into me, choking my lost heart.

Oh, may your silhouette never dissolve on the beach;
may your eyelids never flutter into the empty distance.
Don't leave me for a second, my dearest,

because in that moment you'll have gone so far
I'll wander mazily over all the earth, asking,
Will you come back? Will you leave me here, dying?

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003
Edited: Thursday, May 05, 2011

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  • Vidi Writes (12/14/2013 8:43:00 PM)

    Don't leave me for the fraction of a second
    That moment i may stop breathing and have my end
    I love to live in the comfort of your strong will
    Until the day when i am carried to my grave to be still. (Report) Reply

  • ipes Duka (7/24/2013 5:31:00 PM)

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  • Lizzy Bennet (5/20/2013 12:52:00 PM)

    dont leave me for a day.. for a minute.. for a second... only someone who knows love can write this.. there r many who would love to say this but couldnt.. couldnt stop those who have made up their mind to go.. but i think pablo neruda gives words to their anguish.. (Report) Reply

  • Besa Dede (5/5/2013 10:29:00 AM)

    Such a beautiful poem! ! The author's plea to his heart's lover
    Don't leave me for a second, my dearest, becomes a song of adoration! !
    An awesome author! ! (Report) Reply

  • Karen Sinclair (7/8/2012 2:11:00 PM)

    Oh, may your silhouette never dissolve on the beach; may your eyelids never flutter into the empty distance.
    I could never read these words and not be touched by the desolation felt..... only a true soul could place these words with such meaning...beautiful.... (Report) Reply

  • Simon Collins (5/1/2012 1:29:00 AM)

    Oh Pablo, you move me brother, only the ones who have really
    Experienced loss and pain in love can understand, sometimes it feels like a curse but my friend as you know to feel is a blessing, thank you (Report) Reply

  • Dave Walker (8/24/2011 6:57:00 AM)

    Good poem. Take a look at my
    Two new ones. One called, for michael hicky.
    And the other is called boy to a man.
    Both true storys. (Report) Reply

  • Baby Yen Baltar (6/29/2010 3:45:00 AM)

    I wish i could tell it to the man i love most....tell him not to go far off, not even for a day...for i will die without him... (Report) Reply

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