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

Comments (5)

A daytime moon looks down from a Clear blue sky and as I gaze heavenwards I wonder if she is also out looking up At the same moon and thinking of me. - - - - -Feeling of solitude echoes in every line. Restlessness of a love lorn heart so nicely expressed in this poem.
Your longing for a loved one eats into my heart, I always feel your pain whenever I read your poems. Thanks david
I have come to love the walks on a desolate beach. A very happy new year to you too David.
Wonder what Wonder why Wonder how's she ... nice and touchy
Happy new year David. Your poem of beauty and solitude is calming and hopeful...even your hound is silent as you walk the beach and venture onto the sand of a new year. Take care.