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I could die to know of you,
I could not drink, sweet,
Until you had tasted first,
Although the coolness!
To this, ever square of the land,
The thoughtful thirst goes yon.

I demand you to know once more,
You’ll infer everything if I show you,
At the suffused sun by the foreday,
Or the gradual growing of dawn;
It lies beside my window at birth—

Should I venture to the hearth
Or the creased bodies of logs—
As if everything that persists
Reminds me of little tugboats;
They sail over letters and ivy,
It all brings me back to you!

But if you forget me,
Then oh! I forget you!
And if by shades,
You love me less,
I love you not at all—

Could I be long and maddened,
That the whirligig passes thru-out?
And it ventures every which way;
Leaving me at the corpses’ strains.
If you should choose this path—
I will ne’er remember you;
My vessel shall trace another plan.

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This reminds me of another poem I read.. But I am going to have to go thru the logs and come back in a couple days to find the author this reminds me of. uncanny , no doubt
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i read so much poetry and then later if i come up with something that sounds like that, i can't even tell. please find it for me. just think harder, bee!
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oh. ok. i found it -- don't expect such a quick response again, i just happened to breeze back in on a break


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,
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.

Pablo Neruda
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omg, i remember this book. one time i wrote charles bukowski exactly on paper. i was gonna post it, but i thought it wasn't that good. thank god, or someone might think i'm just spamming.

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