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?
Pablo Neruda was a Chilean poet who won the Nobel Prize in 1971. He became a poet at the age of 10. Surrealist poems, historical epics, overtly political manifestos, a prose autobiography, and passionate love poems were written by him in different styles. It is interesting to know that he wrote with green ink as a personal symbol for desire and hope.