Don'T Go Far Off

Don't go far off, not even for a day, because --
because -- I don't know how to say it: a day is long
and I will be waiting for you, as in an empty station
when the trains are parked off somewhere else, asleep.

Don't leave me, even for an hour, because
then the little drops of anguish will all run together,
the smoke that roams looking for a home will drift
into me, choking my lost heart.

Oh, may your silhouette never dissolve on the beach;
may your eyelids never flutter into the empty distance.
Don't leave me for a second, my dearest,

because in that moment you'll have gone so far
I'll wander mazily over all the earth, asking,
Will you come back? Will you leave me here, dying?

by Pablo Neruda

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Add a comment. I am emotionally entertained
A poem of great passion And, perhaps, also obsession. A love poem of great depth. Enjoyed reading it.
Pablo Neruda's love poem portrays the depth and intensity of his love.Such a tender passionate plea never to be parted even for a day.
Neruda is to me, the best poet after Rumi who has been able to write poetry in its purest form.
Add a comment.reading poems makes me feel more exicted.
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