Happy National Poetry Month!

NPM_LOGOToday marks the first day of National Poetry Month so I’m sharing my latest favorite poem with you.

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

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11 Responses to Happy National Poetry Month!

  1. zibilee says:

    Oh, I love this one! It’s perfect, and I am going to show it to my husband. Thanks for sharing this with us, and Happy National Poetry Month!!

  2. Perfect way to start the month!

  3. Care says:

    Happy Poetry Month!

  4. Jenny says:

    What a wonderful way to start off the month. Happy Poetry Month!

  5. heidenkind says:

    Ooops, the first time I read that as least favorite poem instead of latest favorite poem, and I was totally confused. 🙂

  6. I love Pablo Neruda. Thanks for sharing this poem!

  7. Trish says:

    This is such a beautiful poem Natasha! At the same time beautiful but also a little bit sad. Kind of making me miss The Poetry Project (hear that Lu and Kelly??). 😉 Thank you for sharing.

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