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

  • Florinda Juan (5/17/2017 3:25:00 AM)


    Whenever I read Pablo Neruda, I feel all the craziest of emotions. (Report) Reply

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  • Cheryl Tutaan (5/15/2017 12:58:00 PM)


    A heartfelt...Loved this poem...❤ (Report) Reply

  • Mehta Hasmukh Amathalal (5/3/2017 10:16:00 PM)


    Nice one...if you forget me.. sensible approach...10
    no question

    I shall accept your decision
    And pose no question
    Still I shall long and sing
    With all that I have to bring you back
    (Report) Reply

  • Aabid Masroor (4/26/2017 5:00:00 AM)


    This poem is one of my fav. Poem, i love this poem again and again (Report) Reply

  • Tapan M. Saren (4/17/2017 4:48:00 AM)


    Such an emotional poem! I love it! (Report) Reply

  • Sharvani Patwari (4/17/2017 3:53:00 AM)


    This is an awesome poem an also one of my favourites! (Report) Reply

  • Oratile Diratsagae (4/14/2017 11:47:00 PM)


    this is so good. peace (Report) Reply

  • Ash Frost (4/10/2017 4:40:00 AM)


    i never forget it till it ends (Report) Reply

  • Oratile Diratsagae (4/2/2017 3:23:00 PM)


    I like the word play with the radiance of its work (Report) Reply

  • (3/21/2017 2:08:00 AM)


    It conveys everything that I want to say... Everything.. Wow. Beautifullly sculptured.. he is one of the bests of his time, Neruda. (Report) Reply

  • Ingeborg Von Finsterwalde (3/13/2017 7:12:00 AM)


    I promise, I never will! (Report) Reply

  • Mehta Hasmukh Amathalal (3/11/2017 6:50:00 PM)


    Nice one.. one of the memorable...10

    nothign shall change
    (Report) Reply

  • (3/11/2017 7:39:00 AM)


    I love this poem. Just lines of this poem tough my heart (Report) Reply

  • Sarwesh Tiwari (3/3/2017 7:52:00 PM)


    My love feeds on your love...superb lines.. (Report) Reply

  • (2/22/2017 3:16:00 AM)


    one of my most favorite poem And He is my most dear poet too (Report) Reply

  • Sylva-onyema Uba (1/26/2017 11:31:00 AM)


    Nice poem! Well expressed message.

    Sylva-Onyema Uba.
    (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (12/30/2016 1:43:00 PM)

    tom allport
    we don't choose who we fall in love with? it chooses us and we have to live with it whether it's good or bad. (Report) Reply

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (12/27/2016 9:12:00 AM)

    A master of love poems
    You will remain one of the greatest masters in the art of writing love poems. (Report) Reply

  • (12/14/2016 6:12:00 PM)

    My take on the poem
    The poem is well-crafted and it awakens emotions in me. But, I respectfully disagree with the people in the comments who state that this is a romantic poem. I read the poem for the first time, and I did not feel the warm, fuzzy feelings of love. Instead, I felt pangs of fear and insecurity. Pablo feels afraid of not being loved back because he was probably hurt in his past. He is threatening her as a defense mechanism. I will only love you as much as you love me. His love for her is not conditional; it is possessive and controlling. (Report) Reply

    Brian Johnston Brian Johnston (4/12/2017 10:00:00 AM)

    Surely to recognize that the heart will (and should) protect itself is not controlling. Surely it is not less loving (or not loving) to speak the truth about the foundation of love, i.e. that love is a decision made by the brave of heart and not the attraction of a moth for a flame. Great love is a decision made daily and not just a feeling! : -)

    Grace Jessen Grace Jessen (3/18/2017 10:15:00 PM)

    I have to agree with you.

  • B.m. Biswas (12/8/2016 9:11:00 PM)

    Not so unique
    it is a love poem no doubt.....

    but it seems to me a copy from Donne the master of metaphysical poetry.....

    the theme and style Iboth are so typical that I can't believe it to be ranked within 10 out of 500 top poems........

    thanks for sharing.
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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Thursday, August 7, 2014


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