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Daily Neruda: If You Forget Me
This is one of my favorite all-time Pablo Neruda poems - I'm so happy to share it with you today! It has so many emotions and states of mind inside of it, reflecting the turbulence of relationships. There are many, many poems about missing someone you love - but this to me is the most masterful and poignant. It is also one of the poems included in the celebrity readings from the Il Postino soundtrack. This one is read by Madonna, beautifully. I included a link for you, @timeturnerjones! Please enjoy: "If You Forget Me" 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. "Si tú me olvidas" By Pablo Neruda (Spanish original) 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, piensa que en ese día, a esa hora levantaré los brazos y saldrán mis raíces a buscar otra tierra. Pero 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.
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I've never read this one before; thanks for sharing @WordDoctor. This love "feeding" on anothers love is so interesting to read about
3 years ago·Reply
My favorite Neruda poem...so romantic. I personally love it more in Spanish...the last three lines are so good!
3 years ago·Reply
@TechAtHeart I just wish I could read the Spanish so I could get the original feeling!
3 years ago·Reply
@greggr I wish you could too...it's so interesting how languages affect how a poem feels...at least for me
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