Yes, this world

SardegnaYes, this world with sky and soil,
with its seas and rivers and mountains,
with its bushes, birds, beasts, people;
with everything that the humans, by a translated art
of another divine art, build
(houses, cities, things and habits);
this world that I recognize a dream,
that I love like a dream, and that, because it’s a dream
I wouldn’t ever leave, and ’cause it’s sure
I’ll have to leave it and see the truth,
My throat is gripped with a dark horror
by the thought of the inevitable hour,
and the truth of death afflicts me.
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Sì, questo mondo con il cielo e la terra,
con i suoi mari e fiumi e montagne,
con i suoi arbusti, uccelli, bestie, uomini;
tutto ciò che l’uomo, con traslata arte
di un’altra arte divina, esegue
(case, città, cose, abitudini);
questo mondo che riconosco un sogno,
che amo come un sogno, e che, perché è un sogno
non vorrei lasciare mai, e perché è sicuro
che dovrò lasciarlo e veder la verità,
mi attanaglia la gola con un orrore oscuro
il pensiero dell’ora inevitabile,
e la verità della morte mi affligge.
_Fernando Pessoa (Faust, excerpt)_

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“Yes, this world”
Sardegna, west coast, Italy, Oct. 2007
© Massimo S. Volonté

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