We all have two lives: The true, the one we dreamed of in childhood And go on dreaming of as adults in a substratum of mist; the false, the one we love when we live with others, the practical, the useful, the one we end up by being put in a coffin. ― Fernando Pessoa
I’ve never aspired to be more than a dreamer. I paid no attention to those who spoke to me of living. I’ve always belonged to what isn’t where I am and to what I could never be. Whatever isn’t mine, no matter how base, has always had poetry for me. — Fernando Pessoa, The Book… Continue reading Fernando Pessoa
I CARRY inside my heart, As in a chest too full to shut, All the places where I have been, All the ports at which I have called, All the sights I’ve seen through windows and portholes And from quarterdecks, dreaming. And all of this, which is so much, is nothing next to what I… Continue reading Fernando Pessoa
When will this inner night—the universe—end And I—my soul—have my day? When will I wake up from being awake? I don’t know. The sun shines on high And cannot be looked at. The stars coldly blink And cannot be counted. The heart beats aloofly And cannot be heard. When will this drama without theater —Or… Continue reading Fernando Pessoa
And leaning out the window, enjoying the day above the varying volume of the entire city, only one thought swells my soul — the intimate will to die, to finish, not to see more light over any city, not to think, not to feel, to leave behind like wrapping paper the course of the sun… Continue reading Fernando Pessoa
Each drop of rain is my failed life weeping in nature. There’s something of my disquiet in the endless drizzle, then shower, then drizzle, then shower, through which the day’s sorrow uselessly pours itself out over the earth. — Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet. (Penguin Classics, 2002) Originally published 1982.
Lightly, lightly, very lightly A very light wind passes, And it goes away just as lightly, And I don’t know what I’m thinking, Nor do I wish to know. ― Fernando Pessoa, “XIII,” A Little Larger Than the Entire Universe: Selected Poems. (Penguin Classics April 4, 2006)