As a student at The University of Colorado Boulder, I was tasked with a design challenge to create a poem book using the words to the poem “If You Forget Me” by Pablo Neruda.
I want you to know
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
toward those isles of yours that wait for me.
if little by little you stop loving me
I shall stop loving you little by little.
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,
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.
By Pablo Neruda
And this video I discovered:
Soon, I was creating elegant curved lines of text to symbolize the wind. Before I knew it, my poem book was completed!
But not so fast!
I had a blank back side of my print!
So, I decided it would be thoughtful to translate the poem to Spanish on the back since Pablo Neruda was a native Spanish speaker!
Thanks for reading! Please let me know if you have any questions or other ideas to make this project better!