“Follow your destiny” byFernando Pessoa (1888 – 1935 Lisbon, PT)

Follow your destiny,
Water your plants,
Love your roses.
The rest is shadow
Of unknown trees.

Reality is always
More or less
Than what we want.
Only we are always
Equal to ourselves.

It’s good to live alone,
And noble and great
Always to live simply.
Leave pain on the altar
As an offering to the gods.

See life from a distance.
Never question it.
There’s nothing it can
Tell you. The answer
Lies beyond the Gods.

But quietly imitate
Olympus in your heart.
The gods are gods
Because they don’t think
About what they are.

Comments

  1. Estudante da vida says:

    Que pessoa.:)

  2. PERE says:

    I invite you to visit two artists’ books in tribute to Fernando Pessoa:

    http://www.peresalinas.com/libros-artista/PEQUE%D1OS/2009.htm

    In this link you will see a series of collages that I made and titled “Against Pessoa”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnbnSHBlyyM

    I hope you like them.

    Greetings
    Pere

  3. suquest says:

    No words to say how Pessoa touches/reaches my soul.
    I have all his poems and when I feel lonely (often,
    spiritually) I DIVE into them and ‘come home’ XXX TRUE.
    With LOVE and GRATITUDE, Salut Susan xxx

  4. Ca says:

    Horizonte

    O mar anterior a nós, teus medos
    Tinham coral e praias e arvoredos.
    Desvendadas a noite e a cerração,
    As tormentas passadas e o mistério,
    Abria em flor o Longe, e o Sul sidério
    Splendia sobre sobre as naus da iniciação.

    Linha severa da longínqua costa
    Quando a nau se aproxima ergue-se a encosta
    Em árvores onde o Longe nada tinha;
    Mais perto, abre-se a terra em sons e cores:
    E, no desembarcar, há aves, flores,
    Onde era só, de longe a abstracta linha.

    O sonho é ver as formas invisíveis
    Da distância imprecisa, e, com sensíveis
    Movimentos da esp’rança e da vontade,
    Buscar na linha fria do horizonte
    A árvore, a praia, a flor, a ave, a fonte
    Os beijos merecidos da Verdade.

    Fernando Pessoa