Pablo Neruda

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

If You Forget Me

I want you to know
one thing.

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  • Rookie - 3 Points Sagar Shelar (2/10/2012 11:35:00 AM)

    Heart's close poem. Always forgive the person who hates you but never forget the person who loves you. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Eric Butter (1/14/2012 8:10:00 AM)

    Original Spanish...


    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

  • Freshman - 2,488 Points Wahab Abdul (1/13/2012 5:46:00 AM)

    a fantastic poem..i like the style too...the theme is on such a point which every one experiences or want to have the experiances....i like the poem too much..i have written 'whom do i belong to? ' readers may consider to read it. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,002 Points Buddy Bee Anthony (1/8/2012 1:51:00 PM)

    Subtle, and masterful. Only Pablo Neruda could weave such a tapestry of longing and desire with his endearing words. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Rimjhim Singh (1/3/2012 2:56:00 AM)

    the imagery is so descriptive as well as
    the poem, the poet makes you sail one of those boats that lead to his sensitively woven tale of simple love.
    loved it [3 (Report) Reply

  • Rookie William. Or. Bill Young (12/27/2011 11:03:00 AM)

    I liked this poem, it brought back some of the moments in my own past life when I was much younger, when life is full of hope and you think you have the world at your feet.....but love is not like that, it alludes you when you need it most and tears will not bring it back, but you DO rise again (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Judith Furedi (12/26/2011 11:35:00 AM)

    Pablo Neruda is an extraordinary poet. I love many of his poems and his body of work, as a whole. He writes of deep love and sensuality without being trite. He is skillful at turning a phrase and employs imagery inventively and subtly. I first came across his poems while watching a movie called 'The Postman.' It inspired me to buy the soundtrack and then entire collections of Neruda.

    Often sad, true, but his poetry transcends the sadness by soaring. It lifts us to a higher place. The beauty transcends the sadness. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jacob Ribald (12/8/2011 3:24:00 PM)

    I stumbled across this poem one day when I was thinking of my recent ex, it just made me realize that if she truly loves me then hopefully one day she'll realize it and hopefully my heart is still hers then. Hah I dunno if that made sense. Thanks for the poem though! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 369 Points Harindhar Reddy (10/28/2011 3:44:00 PM)

    An awe-inspiring poem to readers, poets and poetry lovers. With admiration or wonder I am dumbstruck with my agape mouth!

    That's Pablo Neruda is considered as poets' poet. Hats off to the giant poet..... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 10 Points Abhishek Tiwari (10/8/2011 5:21:00 AM)

    True, like the life in the aroma, and death in the ash, of the poem..
    I am dumbstruck..
    Its so true..
    'Love' is the word most easily uttered..from the moment v break the shell of life..
    Bt i knw its most difficult to comprehend..
    Love is the truth of life..
    And for most its merely a lie.. (Report) Reply

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