Come to me in the silence of the night;     Come in the speaking silence of a dream; Come with soft rounded cheeks and eyes as bright     As sunlight on a stream;        Come back in tears, O memory, hope, love of finished years. O dream how sweet, too sweet, too bitter sweet,     … More Lingering

Living by the sea

“When I die I will return to seek The moments I did not live by the sea.” Sophia De Mello Breyner Selected Poems, translated by Richard Zenith, Carcanet Press, 1997. Tour Guide

Não fora o Mar

Não fora o mar, e eu seria feliz na minha rua, neste primeiro andar da minha casa a ver, de dia, o sol, de noite a lua, calada, quieta, sem um golpe de asa. Não fora o mar, e seriam contados os meus passos, tantos para viver, para morrer, tantos os movimentos dos meus braços, … More Não fora o Mar

The Greater Sea

My soul and I went to the great sea to bathe.  And when we reached the shore, we went about looking for a hidden and lonely place. But as we walked, we saw a man sitting on a grey rock taking pinches of salt from a bag and throwing them into the sea. “This is … More The Greater Sea