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,
that on that day,
at that hour,
I shall lift my arms
and my roots will set off
to seek another land.

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

  • Veteran Poet - 1,641 Points Thomas Case (11/25/2015 4:43:00 PM)

    such a beautiful poem. If one loves deeply, it will consume the heart and mind. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 68,164 Points Fabrizio Frosini (11/23/2015 10:32:00 AM)


    ''Si tú me olvidas''

    - -

    Quiero que sepas
    una cosa.
    Tú sabes cómo es esto:
    si miro
    la luna de cristal, la rama roja
    del lento otoño en mi ventana,
    si toco
    junto al fuego
    la impalpable ceniza
    o el arrugado cuerpo de la leña,
    todo me lleva a ti,
    como si todo lo que existe,
    aromas, luz, metales,
    fueran pequeños barcos que navegan
    hacia las islas tuyas que me aguardan.

    Ahora bien,
    si poco a poco dejas de quererme
    dejaré de quererte poco a poco.
    Si de pronto
    me olvidas
    no me busques,
    que ya te habré olvidado.

    Si consideras largo y loco
    el viento de banderas
    que pasa por mi vida
    y te decides
    a dejarme a la orilla
    del corazón en que tengo raíces,
    que en ese día,
    a esa hora
    levantaré los brazos
    y saldrán mis raíces
    a buscar otra tierra.

    si cada día,
    cada hora
    sientes que a mí estás destinada
    con dulzura implacable.
    Si cada día sube
    una flor a tus labios a buscarme,
    ay amor mío, ay mía,
    en mí todo ese fuego se repite,
    en mí nada se apaga ni se olvida,
    mi amor se nutre de tu amor, amada,
    y mientras vivas estará en tus brazos
    sin salir de los míos. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 68,164 Points Fabrizio Frosini (11/23/2015 10:31:00 AM)


    ''Se tu mi dimentichi''

    Voglio che tu sappia
    Una cosa.
    Tu sai com'è questa cosa:
    se guardo
    la luna di cristallo, il ramo rosso
    del lento autunno alla mia finestra,
    se tocco
    vicino al fuoco
    l'impalpabile cenere
    o il rugoso corpo della legna,
    tutto mi conduce a te,
    come se ciò che esiste
    aromi, luce, metalli,
    fossero piccole navi che vanno
    verso le tue isole che m'attendono.

    se a poco a poco cessi di amarmi
    cesserò d'amarti poco a poco.
    Se d'improvviso
    mi dimentichi,
    non cercarmi,
    chè già ti avrò dimenticata

    Se consideri lungo e pazzo
    il vento di bandiere
    Che passa per la mia vita
    e ti decidi
    a lasciarmi sulla riva
    del cuore in cui ho le radici,
    che in quel giorno,
    in quell'ora,
    leverò in alto le braccia
    e le mie radici usciranno
    a cercare altra terra.

    se ogni giorno,
    ogni ora
    senti che a me sei destinata
    con dolcezza implacabile.
    Se ogni giorno sale
    alle tue labbra un fiore a cercarmi,
    ahi, amor mio, ahi mia,
    in me tutto quel fuoco si ripete,
    in me nulla si spegne né si dimentica,
    il mio amore si nutre del tuo amore, amata,
    e finchè tu vivrai starà tra le tue braccia
    senza uscire dalle mie. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 74 Points Ian Muhando (11/23/2015 12:53:00 AM)

    i can relate to that... Pablo might have stolen my loyalty.... makes me want to read more of his works... (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 669 Points Shah Surja (11/22/2015 6:53:00 AM)

    The poem has been read many times before. Pablo Neruda's wake. All readers psyche. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 669 Points Shah Surja (11/22/2015 6:44:00 AM)

    The poem has been read many times before (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 24 Points Walter Crawford (11/20/2015 7:32:00 PM)

    We always want our love to be returned with the same intensity. I think this poem reflects this. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 472 Points Sk Nurul Huda (11/15/2015 10:42:00 AM)

    readable...fine subjective expression....greatly simple but universal... (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 39,911 Points Mohammed Asim Nehal (11/7/2015 7:43:00 AM)

    Class poem,............ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Saleem Thathvamasi (11/2/2015 2:20:00 PM)

    Amazing one (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Eduardo Carcamo (10/31/2015 10:11:00 PM)

    Simply great!!! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Tama Kirkpatrick (10/30/2015 5:47:00 PM)

    That was beautiful (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 279 Points Kul Rai (10/27/2015 4:09:00 PM)

    that's one of fine art i have ever read in my life.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 288 Points Ruth Hare (10/26/2015 6:20:00 AM)

    Everything carries me to you... Neruda makes me want to write. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 359 Points Rifqi Syahputra (10/21/2015 2:08:00 PM)

    romantic, erotic. from now- i am going to find out whoever this man. Pablo Neruda (Report) Reply

  • Rookie shashi lohat (10/20/2015 6:24:00 AM)

    its awsome (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 24 Points Hazelyn Usop (10/19/2015 1:47:00 AM)

    very lovable to read (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,944 Points Tanu Mannah (10/4/2015 9:58:00 PM)

    Love you all the time Pablo neruda (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Resh Rs (9/24/2015 2:39:00 PM)

    Each day..each hour i feel that I am destined for you... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 2 Points Quincey Burkhalter (9/16/2015 3:40:00 PM)

    He is Pablo. What can I say? One of my all time favorites from one of my all time favorites. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Thursday, August 7, 2014

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