Sunday, October 16, 2005

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,
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.

Pablo Neruda

I really liked Neruda's delivery in this poem about breaking up. I think he really captures of the essence of a relationship unraveling and the feelings that are involved on both sides. My favorite lines in this poem are "my love feeds on your love, beloved" and
"If suddenly
you forget me
do not look for me,
for I shall already have forgotten you. "
This poem reinforces the idea that a relationship cannot survive based on love from one side alone. And if love from one side were ever to dwindle than the other side's would dwindle as well, and just continue to evaporate into nothingness. The premise of this poem is pretty depressing but the poet justifies it by saying that if the love were ever to fade it would only mean that the love was not meant to be. However, I feel as though no love can stay that strong forever, no matter how much I'd wish it to be true. There is only one love I think can withstand the test of time which is the unconditional love of a parent for their children. This poem makes think of everything my parents have done for me, despite the foolish things I've done and said.


Blogger Lilan said...

I really liked your choice of poem, and I agree with you in how you said that the poet was trying to convey that there must be love on both sides for it to work, and that if love dwindles on one side, then it wasn't meant to be in the first place. This poem is goregeous!

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