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

  • 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

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  • 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

  • Dorina Neculce Dorina Neculce (3/19/2016 2:45:00 AM)

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

  • Atu-wonders Osim Atu-wonders Osim (3/18/2016 5:10:00 PM)

    Pablo is telling us not to take a lover for granted. I could be a fool in love but when you let it show that you do not love me, there and then I shall become wise. The bottom line is, what we get from a lover is what we give to a lover. (Report) Reply

  • Rituparna De (3/11/2016 5:08:00 PM)

    One of the greatest contemporary love poets (Report) Reply

  • Kwaku Awuah (3/9/2016 4:53:00 AM)

    Speaks to me so much (Report) Reply

  • Frank Odindo (3/4/2016 8:00:00 AM)

    Wow. This is just wonderful. We should have more poems like this or better! (Report) Reply

  • Palitha Ranatunge (2/18/2016 5:48:00 PM)

    A man can love ones in real.It may not be his first love but it can not be forgotten. The experience is the thing, not the person. The lover remembers it all the time but the activists may have gone and forgotten but the nostalgia is eternally tormenting. Dear Sir, you have gone before our time or our matuarity. I am sad that I can not ask this from you! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Lili Rising (2/14/2016 11:17:00 AM)

    It is about his relationship with his country of Chile. But it can be about all relationships. In love with love, I think not, but more about valuing oneself and realizing that a healthy loving relationship should have reciprocity. He does not want to hang on to and burden himself with something that is dead. (Report) Reply

  • 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

  • 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 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 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

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Thursday, August 7, 2014


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