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

  • Igwilo Vincent Somto Igwilo Vincent Somto (7/28/2016 8:01:00 AM)

    Love always leaves us with such awe and wonder that it is sometimes hard to put them down in writing but here pablo makes a masterpiece of his feeling, that's a nice one (Report) Reply

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  • Brett Brown Brett Brown (7/27/2016 5:29:00 AM)

    I had my wife read this as a build up to my proposal. Teary eyed she finished the reading with; "So, we getting married or not?" (Report) Reply

  • Elizabeth Bloomfield Elizabeth Bloomfield (7/26/2016 4:27:00 PM)

    if little by little you stop loving me
    I shall stop loving you little by little.
    if you feel that you are destined for me...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.

    These are my favorite parts of the poem. It's either one thing or the other, no in between. I love the settled tone of this poem.10/10 (Report) Reply

  • Donna Jones Donna Jones (7/19/2016 2:10:00 AM)

    First I read you and what a beautiful poem (Report) Reply

  • Madhabi Banerjee Madhabi Banerjee (7/16/2016 1:30:00 PM)

    beautiful. great writing (Report) Reply

  • Cris Ben Cris Ben (7/15/2016 10:17:00 AM)

    distance and waiting are some of the things that test love. however as long as neither of a couple's love has given up, love will still stay and grow.2 hearts feeding each other,2 hearts making each other alive. sweetest thing ever. superb piece of poetry! (Report) Reply

  • Allan Motionless (7/15/2016 9:52:00 AM)

    Wow this poem just inspired me (Report) Reply

  • Shrishial G P Shrishial G P (7/9/2016 12:37:00 PM)

    Wow! ! One of the great poem about the love. I really enjoyed this poem. And thank you for the sharing this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Poornima  Thapa Poornima Thapa (7/5/2016 9:27:00 AM)

    my love feeds on your love.....such beautiful and true lines...A Unique way of expressing in his poem.. (Report) Reply

  • Zubiya Surti Zubiya Surti (7/2/2016 11:54:00 AM)

    Everything carries me to you It is just soulful..
    But why does Pablo Neruda say that if his beloved forgets him, he would have already forgotten her? isn't that being a little mean? (Report) Reply

  • Chukwunonso Chukwudobe (6/20/2016 9:10:00 AM)

    Can't I just hug this masterpiece...it's so beautiful, a selfless expression of the mind. The heart understands the sincerity in the poem. I just fell in love again. (Report) Reply

  • Gbanaibolou Burutolu (6/11/2016 7:37:00 AM)

    What a fine piece of poem! (Report) Reply

  • Only Your's Only Your's (5/9/2016 3:12:00 AM)

    Lovely poem, would rank it as one of the best. (Report) Reply

  • Rebecca Lee (5/8/2016 11:44:00 PM)

    I LOVE THIS POEM. (Report) Reply

  • Latha G Latha G (4/22/2016 11:18:00 AM)

    Fabulous love poem! Simply Great! (Report) Reply

  • Shashikant Nishant Sharma Shashikant Nishant Sharma (4/15/2016 10:19:00 PM)

    This is really an inspiring poem. I really appreciate it. Good work. Short and witty. Thanks for sharing. I do appreciate it. (Report) Reply

  • Bharati Nayak Bharati Nayak (4/15/2016 9:02:00 AM)

    One of the finest love poems- - - - Poet sees love's reflection in every thing, animate or inanimate- - - Distance is no barrier as he feels love's presence in every small thing that is near him- - Poet says- -
    If I touch near the fire
    the impalpable ash
    or the wrinkled body of the log
    every thing carries me to you
    asif every thing that exists
    aromas, light, metals
    were little boats that sail
    towards those isle of yours that wait for me

    Again the poet says that love is written in his heart by the beloved's love'If she forgets him, love will automatically obliterated from his heart.
    The poem is really a masterpiece. (Report) Reply

  • Adopted 4 Dayz Adopted 4 Dayz (4/13/2016 3:01:00 AM)

    I once forgot where i lived because i got so smashed on a night out wi da lads. bruv it was bare peak (Report) Reply

  • Sara Militello Sara Militello (4/4/2016 8:58:00 PM)

    This struck me as a very powerful poetic expression of love and loving which can differ, dependent upon the mood the reader brings to each reading. This characteristic alone makes this a candidate for being nominated one of the best of the best love poems. (Report) Reply

  • Signed Lonnie (4/3/2016 11:18:00 PM)

    My favorite line indeed: "If suddenly you forget me do not look for me, for I shall already have forgotten you." (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Thursday, August 7, 2014


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