Poetry Less Than Daily

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Saturday, April 23, 2005

Carlos Drummond de Andrade

DON'T KILL YOURSELF


Carlos, calm down, love
is what you are seeing:
a kiss today, tomorrow no kiss,
the day after tomorrow is Sunday
and nobody knows what will happen
on Monday.

It's useless to resist
or to commit suicide.
Don't kill yourself. Don't kill yourself.
Save all of yourself for the wedding
though nobody knows when or if
it will ever come.

Carlos, earthy Carlos, love
spent the night with you
and your deepest self
is raising a terrible racket,
prayers,
stereos,
saints in procession,
ads for the best soap,
a racket for which nobody knows
the why or wherefor.

Meanwhile, you walk
upright, unhappy.
You are the palm tree, you are the shout
that nobody heard in the theater
and all the lights went out.
Love in darkness, no, in daylight,
is always sad, Carlos, my boy,
don't tell anyone,
nobody knows or will know.

trans. fr. the Portugese by Mark Strand

2 Comments:

At 9:52 PM, Blogger kimberlymartz said...

Thank you for these sudden blooms.

 
At 6:55 AM, Blogger holygrail said...

this has always been one of my favorite poems. glad to find it online.

 

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