poet Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda

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If You Forget Me

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.

Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003
Poem Edited: Thursday, August 7, 2014

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    Even though I had not read this before today, it just verifies why I love Neruda's works! His XVII Sonnet is my favorite thus far, but I now know I MUST read more of them.





















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    Thank you for a beautiful experience reading this poem. It inspires me to keep virtue and loved ones alive in my heart and i pray i never forget heaven help me.

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  • Sachidananda PandaSachidananda Panda (8/15/2020 10:51:00 AM)

    " 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."

    This could be a fair practice.... yet being non attached to the extent as spelt here tells the other side of the story... that adheres to blunt reciprocity sans any remorse....

    Thanks...

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  • Fanche RhodesseFanche Rhodesse (8/15/2020 8:00:00 AM)

    If suddenly
    you forget me
    do not look for me,
    for I shall already have forgotten you.
    Awesome!

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  • Deepak Kumar Pattanayak (8/10/2020 11:17:00 PM)

    One of the best love poems ever scripted by a master poet........speechless 10+++

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  • Shaun CronickShaun Cronick (8/10/2020 2:12:00 PM)

    Timeless! Absolutely timeless!
    What more can one possibly say, except thank you Pablo.
    And sleep well sir. Sleep well.

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    Well, now,
    if little by little you stop loving me
    I shall stop loving you little by little.

    A very frank and honest poem......10

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (8/10/2020 9:26:00 AM)

    If you forget me
    I'll forget you
    But inside love won't forget
    It's eternal

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (8/10/2020 9:10:00 AM)

    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,
    ...love, there is sweet love, unforgettable, no one forget the love though that's already forgotten....

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  • Dear Soul Mate (8/10/2020 7:51:00 AM)

    this poem makes me fall apart, love you and miss you. u hv fogotten me i hvnt

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