Pablo Neruda

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

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

  • Vineet Sharma (1/28/2016 7:41:00 AM)

    Well, now,
    if little by little you stop loving me
    I shall stop loving me little by little.

    If suddenly
    you forget me
    do not look for me,
    for I shall already have forgotten myself. (Report) Reply

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  • Vineet Sharma (1/28/2016 7:40:00 AM)

    Well, now,
    if little by little you stop loving me
    I shall stop loving you me by little.

    If suddenly
    you forget me
    do not look for me,
    for I shall already have forgotten myself. (Report) Reply

  • Jasmine Chhouri (1/26/2016 9:55:00 AM)

    It sounds like the character is inlove with the idea of someone loving him, rather than unconditional love that will be unchanged no matter what events that follow. Being inlove with love itself.
    Beautiful poem, I enjoyed it very much. (Report) Reply

    Susan Pan (1/30/2016 10:50:00 PM)

    I believe that the character believes in love that flows. Like a lake, when love only receives, it starts to die. Algae covers the surface and the water teems with bacteria. When love only gives, the lake starts to dry. Little by little, there is nothing left but mud. An inhabitable mud. But when love begins to flow, when it gives as well as receives, fish come and go, algae is eaten by the fish, animals come to drink by its shores, and the it becomes beautiful. I think that the character is trying to convey that love shouldn't be something that is only given, and it shouldn't be only received either.

  • Jasmine Chhouri (1/26/2016 9:52:00 AM)

    Sounds like the character is inlove with the idea of someone loving him. Being inlove with love itself.
    Beautiful poem. (Report) Reply

  • Fasica Berhane Fasica Berhane (1/23/2016 4:11:00 AM)

    if little by little you stop loving me
    i shall stop loving you little by little. i like this poem :) (Report) Reply

  • Menato 10 (1/13/2016 12:44:00 AM)

    If you forget me. I will never forget you never
    to my love. (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (1/12/2016 6:09:00 PM)

    .............wonderful poem, one of my favorites ★ (Report) Reply

  • steveen oneitoz (1/11/2016 6:44:00 AM)

    kull (Report) Reply

  • steveen oneitoz (1/11/2016 6:44:00 AM)

    kul (Report) Reply

  • Gerald Chikontwe (1/5/2016 10:48:00 PM)

    Great works of poetry!! (Report) Reply

  • Asha Ganesan (1/5/2016 9:44:00 PM)

    Very beautiful (Report) Reply

  • Esselebor Ebhojie Esselebor Ebhojie (1/1/2016 10:20:00 AM)

    A plea and a forewarning so aptly intertwined (Report) Reply

  • Anita Khelawan Anita Khelawan (12/30/2015 9:23:00 PM)

    I could cry now... lol... I really enjoyed your poetry thank you for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Kenechukwu Eze (12/28/2015 5:55:00 PM)

    Lovely (Report) Reply

  • Alisha Castle Alisha Castle (12/24/2015 1:19:00 PM)

    Excellent poetry full of reality... (Report) Reply

  • Wesley Gibbings Wesley Gibbings (12/14/2015 8:47:00 PM)

    beautiful poem by my favourite poet (Report) Reply

  • Michael Bee Michael Bee (12/10/2015 10:43:00 PM)

    Love it! (Report) Reply

  • Mariyam Reyshma Mariyam Reyshma (12/7/2015 4:01:00 AM)

    Splendid! ! ! This is a wonderful poem. Simple and deep (Report) Reply

  • Michael Adu Michael Adu (12/6/2015 4:30:00 AM)

    My love feeds on your love that did it for me (Report) Reply

  • Dinda Khairani Dinda Khairani (12/5/2015 9:18:00 PM)

    I accidentally thinking about my ex. wow. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Thursday, August 7, 2014


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