Some poems

见与不见
– 仓央嘉措

你见,或者不见我
我就在那里
不悲不喜

你念,或者不念我
情就在那里
不来不去

你爱,或者不爱我
爱就在那里
不增不减

你跟,或者不跟我
我的手就在你手里
不舍不弃

来我的怀里
或者
让我住进你的心里

默然 相爱
寂静 欢喜

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第一最好不相见
– 仓央嘉措

第一最好不相见,如此便可不相恋。
第二最好不相知,如此便可不相思。
第三最好不相伴,如此便可不相欠。
第四最好不相惜,如此便可不相忆。
第五最好不相爱,如此便可不相弃。
第六最好不相对,如此便可不相会。
第七最好不相误,如此便可不相负。
第八最好不相许,如此便可不相续。
第九最好不相依,如此便可不相偎。
第十最好不相遇,如此便可不相聚。
但曾相见便相知,相见何如不见时。
安得与君相诀绝,免教生死作相思。

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If You Forget Me

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,
remember
that on that day,
at that hour,
I shall lift my arms
and my roots will set off
to seek another land.

But
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.

– Pablo Neruda

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Both 见与不见 and If You Forget Me are, for me far more powerful than 第一最好不相见, if only because the latter feels more bitter. Is it really better to not have met so as not to have loved? Life hurts and breaks us, but we become stronger for it.

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