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

  • (2/22/2017 3:16:00 AM)


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

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


    Nice poem! Well expressed message.

    Sylva-Onyema Uba.
    (Report) Reply

  • Betania's Song (1/19/2017 6:58:00 PM)


    He was an incredible Poet. Was there anything not beautiful that he ever wrote? (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

  • 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.
    (Report) Reply

  • (11/30/2016 4:58:00 AM)


    Whenever I write love poetry, I feel Neruda's spirit and guiding hand. The master of the words of love! (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (11/22/2016 1:32:00 AM)


    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.

    Lovely poem.........
    (Report) Reply

  • Indira Renganathan (11/16/2016 7:03:00 AM)


    Pablo Neruda, you are the master of love poems- 10 (Report) Reply

  • (11/15/2016 8:32:00 AM)

    ontomu William
    I love Pablo....I love this lovely poem, it is just so real! (Report) Reply

  • Cristina Alejandra Estrella (11/10/2016 9:06:00 AM)

    My love feeds on your love! ! ! !
    A true poem from the heart of the poet to the pen. Sublime use of metaphors and an exquisite feelings description and circumstances! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Dr.subhendu Kar (11/4/2016 5:36:00 PM)


    i am yet speechless reading this poem, , beautiful technique of writing love poem, thanks for sharing,10++++ (Report) Reply

  • (11/3/2016 1:37:00 PM)


    Lovely piece of art this is (Report) Reply

  • (11/2/2016 7:44:00 AM)


    Beautiful. (Report) Reply

  • (11/2/2016 4:35:00 AM)

    Lovely
    I love this poem, comes handy at the moment i want to hitch with the love of my heart (Report) Reply

  • Mihaela Pirjol (11/1/2016 4:36:00 AM)


    I cannot enumerate, how many times this poem brought tears to my eyes...it addresses directly the heart, and it is written from the heart. (Report) Reply

  • (10/27/2016 3:51:00 PM)

    Neruda
    Pablo made love with his words (Report) Reply

  • Stephen Loomes (10/24/2016 6:53:00 AM)

    Good ditty
    Nice little ditty Pablo old boy; not deep, but plain, if you treat me well, I will so the same (Report) Reply

  • (10/23/2016 10:35:00 AM)

    Translation
    A Malayalam translation of this poem by Mr Madathil Rajendran Nair is posted on ph. Pl read. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Thursday, August 7, 2014


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