greatest poem of all time

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 , If you Forget me 
Reasons why people should love Cats

• It’s an incredibly ambitious show that requires an insane amount of talent to pull off

• The dancing is amazing

• The lyrics were taken from poems by TS fucking Elliot, one of the greatest English poets of all time

• It’s not just some silly show about cats. The characters in the show are supposed to be reflections of different kinds of people

• It has powerful themes about humanity, youth, mortality, and the hope of life after death - things that resonate with everyone

• It brilliantly manages to tell a story with virtually no dialogue (an impressive feat)

• It can be enjoyed on multiple levels. If you want to debate whether Deuteronomy is supposed to be a Jesus figure, then go ahead. If you just like the catchy tunes and pretty costumes, well that’s fine too

• It is one of the most accessible shows around, and all ages can find something to enjoy

• Its mass appeal makes Broadway in general so much more accessible to the public (it was one of the first Broadway shows I saw as a young kid, and it really opened the door to theater for me)

• “Touch me! It’s so easy to leave me!”

• Theater snobs love to hate it. By loving Cats, you can save yourself from that silly elitism

• It’s a grand celebration of human emotion, unburdened by pretension or the need to appease the critics. It can be unabashedly enjoyed

ornament-of-rhyme  asked:

I scoured my brain for a quote to recommend for you to work your awesome calligraphy magic on, but now all I can imagine is this beautiful writing saying, "The cat sat on the mat." Truly the greatest poem in the film--nay! of all time! Step aside uncle Walt; Hopkins is here. (You don't have to take this as a request, I just love the idea.)

If you don’t think I’m gonna do this, you don’t know me at all. Hahaha :)
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