Share the Love: If You Forget Me by Pablo Neruda

Wednesday, September 16


Welcome to the premiere post of Share the Love Wednesday!


My first Share the Love post is a poem by Pablo Neruda. I was first introduced to his work from the movie Il Postino and the movie soundtrack. If you're not familiar with Pablo Neruda, or you've never heard the soundtrack it is absolutely beautiful. It features music from the movie, and poems he wrote which are performed by actors and musicians like Madonna, Andy Garcia, Glenn Close, Julia Roberts...and many more.

I think Pablo Neruda writes some of the most beautiful love poetry. I'll be featuring a few more in the upcoming weeks, but here is one of my favs, and if you are inclined you can listen to the recording using the widget before the poem (I think it really breathes life into the words). Enjoy...and Share the Love :)




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


I hope your Wednesday is bursting with love!



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