If You Forget Me by Pablo Neruda

Here’s an amazing poem by Pablo Neruda that can be adopted as a practical guide to romance ๐Ÿ™‚

In this poem, the poet says that he loves his girlfriend very much, but should she decide to stop loving him, he’ll also stop loving her. If she forgets him, he’ll readily forget her too! If she dumps him, he’ll do the same….

However, if she continues to love him, he’ll always love her, because “my love feeds on your love”.ย Kind of like this approach. So much better than all the emotional messes and revengeful attitudes we see around us.


If You Forget Me – 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,
that on that day,
at that hour,
I shall lift my arms
and my roots will set off
to seek another land.

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.

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