National Poetry Month: Week 1- Pablo Neruda

Love feeding on love… What a nice thought.

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.

Photograph by Abigail Dienner; Temple Photojournalism

Because of You

**This is an edited version of a longer poem I wrote. Surprisingly, this version turned out to be better than the original**

Because of you, I’ve gone crazy.
Because of you, I can’t control my emotions.
You enter my mind whenever you please
And leave whenever you want.
You’re sincerity has bonded us in friendship.
Because of you and only you, my heart skips a beat.
My mind and body are not one,
And my soul is definitely somewhere else,
Probably in search of yours.
You leave me enchanted
And set the birds nesting in my heart,
Let’s spread our wings
As the sun takes a dip in the ocean,
And the moon glows while the stars shimmer alight.
The sky is caving in as I reach for the heavens.
When your face lights up,
So does this world.
The darkness is gone,
The moon has gone to sleep.
The sun wakes from its slumber.
Because of you, my life finally feels fulfilled.


Picture source: unknown author