If you forget me - Pablo Neruda

Poem Book

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
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, 
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, 
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.

By Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda.

And this video I discovered:

Mood Boards
Using Adobe Illustrator, I chose three tones to set the mood my poem book:

  • Sad/lonely
  • Fire/passion
  • Flow

While creating my mood boards, I discovered my theme! I felt that a rose was the perfect symbol to represent the words of Pablo Neruda. For a single rose stands for passion and loneliness.

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! 

— Carolyn