“If You Forget Me” by Pablo Neruda

This Week’s Poem is a selection from Pablo Neruda.  I encourage my readers who love his work to purchase a collection of his poetry (see links after the poem).

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.

— Pablo Neruda

100 Love Sonnets: Cien sonetos de amor (Texas Pan American Series)
by Pablo NerudaRead more about this title…
The Essential Neruda: Selected Poems
by Pablo NerudaRead more about this title…
The Poetry of Pablo Neruda
by Pablo NerudaRead more about this title…
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3 thoughts on ““If You Forget Me” by Pablo Neruda

  1. Neruda’s poetry is truly sublime. He can be interpreted on many levels…loved by romantics for obvious reasons, but also by the religious as his poems could just as easily be about love for God and Nature as they can be about his love for Life and Women. Great poem to post!

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