What Can We Do?

Posted by Manu Mattos on 31.1.10 in , ,

...at their best, there is gentleness in Humanity.
some understanding and, at times, acts of
but all in all it is a mass, a glob that doesn't
have too much.
it is like a large animal deep in sleep and
almost nothing can awaken it.
when activated it's best at brutality,
selfishness, unjust judgments, murder.
what can we do with it, this Humanity?
avoid the thing as much as possible.
treat it as you would anything poisonous, vicious
and mindless.
but be careful. it has enacted laws to protect
itself from you.
it can kill you without cause.
and to escape it you must be subtle.
few escape.
it's up to you to figure a plan.
I have met nobody who has escaped.
I have met some of the great and
famous but they have not escaped
for they are only great and famous within
I have not escaped
but I have not failed in trying again and
before my death I hope to obtain my

from blank gun silencer - 1994

Charles Bukowski


Be Kind

Posted by Manu Mattos on 29.1.10 in ,

we are always asked
to understand the other person's
no matter how
foolish or
one is asked
to view
their total error
their life-waste
especially if they are
but age is the total of
our doing.
they have aged
because they have
out of focus,
they have refused to
not their fault?
whose fault?
I am asked to hide
my viewpoint
from them
for fear of their
age is no crime
but the shame
of a deliberately
among so many

Charles Bukowski


The Lake of the Dismal Swamp

Posted by Manu Mattos on 28.1.10 in ,

"They made her a grave too cold and damp
For a soul so warm and true;
And she's gone to the Lake of the Dismal Swamp,
Where all night long, by a firefly lamp,
She paddles her white canoe.

And her firefly lamp I soon shall see,
And her paddle I soon shall hear;
Long and moving our life shall be
And I'll hide the maid in a cypress tree,
When the footstep of death is near."

Away to the Dismal Swamp he speeds,
His path was rugged and sore,
Through tangled juniper, beds of reeds,
Through many a fen where the serpent feeds,
And man never trod before.

And when on the earth he sank to sleep,
If slumber his eyelids knew,
He lay where the deadly vine doth weep
Its venemous tear, and nightly steep
The flesh with blistering dew!

And near him the she-wolf stirr'd the brake,
And the copper-snake breathed in his ear,
Till he starting cried, from his dream awake,
"Oh when shall I see the dusky Lake,
And the white canoe of my dear?"

He saw the Lake, and a meteor bright
Quick over its surface play'd,
"Welcome," he said, "my dear one's light!"
And the dim shore echo'd for many a night
The name of the death-cold maid.

Till he hollow'd a boat of the birchen bark,
Which carried him off from the shore;
Far, far he follow'd the meteor spark,
The wind was high and the clouds were dark,
And the boat return'd no more.

But oft, from the Indian hunter's camp,
This lover and maid so true
Are seen at the hour of midnight damp
To cross the Lake by a firefly lamp,
And paddle their white canoe!

Thomas Moore



Posted by Manu Mattos on 27.1.10 in , ,

I said,—for Love was laggard, O, Love was slow to come,—
"I'll hear his step and know his step when I am warm in
But I'll never leave my pillow, though there be some
As would let him in—and take him in with tears!" I said.
I lay,—for Love was laggard, O, he came not until dawn,—
I lay and listened for his step and could not get to sleep;
And he found me at my window with my big cloak on,
All sorry with the tears some folks might weep!

Edna St. Vincent Millay



Posted by Manu Mattos on 26.1.10 in ,

Oft I remember those I have known
In other days, to whom my heart was lead
As by a magnet, and who are not dead,
But absent, and their memories overgrown
With other thoughts and troubles of my own,
As graves with grasses are, and at their head
The stone with moss and lichens so o'er spread,
Nothing is legible but the name alone.
And is it so with them? After long years.
Do they remember me in the same way,
And is the memory pleasant as to me?
I fear to ask; yet wherefore are my fears?
Pleasures, like flowers, may wither and decay,
And yet the root perennial may be.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Fear of failure

Posted by Manu Mattos on 26.1.10 in ,

The fear of failure is the fear of a life,
Unless you're living at ease.
But even then, with a beautiful wife,
Are your emotions willingly pleased?

You can't understand, even when paradisic,
That fear is controlling your ways.
You know what to do, the task is explicit,
But your life is what this fear delays.

Search for a path, reveal the right alley,
Overcome this ridiculous fear,
Break through the glass, begin your fearless rally,
The beginning of your life is near.

J. Woolcott


Sonnet-to Genevra II

Posted by Manu Mattos on 25.1.10 in ,

Thy cheek is pale with thought, but not from woe,
And yet so lovely, that if Mirth could flush
Its rose of whiteness with the brightest blush,
My heart would wish away that ruder glow:

And dazzle not thy deep-blue eyes-but, oh!
While gazing on them sterner eyes will gush,
And into mine my mother's weakness rush,
Soft as the last drops round Heaven's airy bow.

For, though thy long dark lashes low depending,
The soul of melancholy Gentleness
Gleams like a Seraph from the sky descending,

Above all pain, yet pitying all distress;
At once such majesty with sweetness blending,
I worship more, but cannot love thee less.

Lord Byron


Daqui a pouco acaba o dia

Posted by Manu Mattos on 25.1.10 in , ,

De aqui a pouco acaba o dia.
Não fiz nada.
Também, que coisa é que faria ?
Fosse a que fosse, estava errada.

De aqui a pouco a noite vem.
Chega em vão
Para quem como eu só tem
Para o contar o coração.

E após a noite e irmos dormir
Torna o dia.
Nada farei senão sentir.
Também que coisa é que faria?

Fernando Pessoa



Posted by Manu Mattos on 24.1.10 in , ,

Overnight, very
Whitely, discreetly,
Very quietly

Our toes, our noses
Take hold on the loam,
Acquire the air.

Nobody sees us,
Stops us, betrays us;
The small grains make room.

Soft fists insist on
Heaving the needles,
The leafy bedding,

Even the paving.
Our hammers, our rams,
Earless and eyeless,

Perfectly voiceless,
Widen the crannies,
Shoulder through holes. We

Diet on water,
On crumbs of shadow,
Bland-mannered, asking

Little or nothing.
So many of us!
So many of us!

We are shelves, we are
Tables, we are meek,
We are edible,

Nudgers and shovers
In spite of ourselves.
Our kind multiplies:

We shall by morning
Inherit the earth.
Our foot's in the door.

Sylvia Plath


Beautiful bed

Posted by Manu Mattos on 23.1.10 in

Beautiful bed
Its feet touch the ground
It’s cradled joys and fears
Pleasures, pain and the death
Of dreams and the birth of more
Beautiful bed
Drown me with your touch
Don’t wake me up
Shake my dreams like a tree
Let the tears fall down, chased by the sun



The Law of Jante

Posted by Manu Mattos on 22.1.10 in
– What do you think of Princess Martha-Louise?
The Norwegian journalist was interviewing me on the banks of Lake Geneva. As a rule I refuse to answer questions that are not relevant to my work, but in this case there was a reason for his curiosity: on the dress that she had worn on her 30th birthday, the Princess had asked them to embroider the names of some people who had been important in her life – and my name was among them (my wife found the idea so good that she decided to do the same when she turned 50, sewing in one corner of her dress the credit “inspired by the Princess of Norway”).
– I think she is a sensitive, delicate, intelligent person – I answered. – I had the opportunity to meet her in Oslo, when she introduced me to her husband, a writer like myself.
I paused a little, but felt the need to add:
– And there is something that I honestly fail to understand: why did the Norwegian press begin to criticize her husband’s literary work after he got married to the Princess? Before that, all his reviews were positive.
It was not exactly a question, more of a provocation, because I already imagined the answer: the reviews had changed because people feel envy, the most bitter of all human sentiments.
The journalist, however, was more sophisticated than that:
– Because he broke the Law of Jante.

Of course I had never heard of this, so he explained what it was. I continued on my journey and discovered it is hard to find anyone in any of the Scandinavian countries who does not know this law. Although the law exists since the beginning of civilization, it was only officially declared in 1933 by writer Aksel Sandemose in the novel “A refugee goes beyond limits.”
The sad truth is that the Law of Jante is a rule applied in every country in the world, despite the fact that Brazilians say that “this only happens here,” and the French claim that “unfortunately, that’s how it is in our country.” Now, the reader must be annoyed because he/she is already half way through the column and still does not know what the Law of Jante is all about, so I’ll try to explain it here briefly in my own words:
“You aren’t worth a thing, nobody is interested in what you think, mediocrity and anonymity are your best bet. If you act this way, you will never have any big problems in life.”

The Law of Jante focuses on the feeling of jealousy and envy that sometimes causes so much trouble to people like Ari Behn, the husband of Princess Martha-Louise. This is one of its negative aspects, but there is something far more dangerous.
And this law is accountable for the world being manipulated in all possible manners by people who have no fear of what the others say and end up practicing the evil they desire. We have just witnessed a useless war in Iraq, which is still costing many lives; we see a huge abyss between the rich and the poor countries of the world, social injustice on all sides, unbridled violence, people being forced to give up their dreams because of unfair and cowardly attacks. Before starting the second world war, Hitler sent out several signals as to his intentions, and what encouraged him to go ahead was the knowledge that nobody would dare to defy him because of the Law of Jante.

Mediocrity may be comfortable, up to the day that tragedy knocks at the door and people start to wonder: “but why did nobody say anything, if everybody could see that this was going to happen?”
Simple: nobody said anything because the others did not say anything either.

So in order to prevent things from growing any worse, maybe this is the right moment to write the anti-Law of Jante:
“You are worth far more than you think. Your work and presence on this Earth are important, even though you may not think so. Of course, thinking in this way, you might have many problems because you are breaking the Law of Jante – but don’t feel intimidated by them, go on living without fear and in the end you will win.”

Paulo Coelho


A Mad Embrace

Posted by Manu Mattos on 22.1.10 in , ,

You will know me when I know myself
All of my faults and intricacies
What is maddening yet so embracing
Disarm you suddenly with just a passing whisper
Fill you up with pride with just a crooked smile
You long to touch the center of my secrets
But will you pull back with pain as each layer falls?
My confidence lies in bed with my fears
Often bearing fruit imbued with dualities
You’re free to take a while before you step
And chain yourself to all of my idle whims




Posted by Manu Mattos on 21.1.10 in ,

It sheds a shy solemnity,
This lamp in our poor room.
O grey and gold amenity, --
Silence and gentle gloom!

Wide from the world, a stolen hour
We claim, and none may know
How love blooms like a tardy flower
Here in the day's after-glow.

And even should the world break in
With jealous threat and guile,
The world, at last, must bow and win
Our pity and a smile.

Hart Crane



Posted by Manu Mattos on 21.1.10 in ,

I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions.
Whatever I see I swallow immediately
Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike.
I am not cruel, only truthful --
The eye of a little god, four-cornered.
Most of the time I meditate on the opposite wall.
It is pink, with speckles. I have looked at it so long
I think it is part of my heart. But it flickers.
Faces and darkness separate us over and over.

Now I am a lake. A woman bends over me,
Searching my reaches for what she really is.
Then she turns to those liars, the candles or the moon.
I see her back, and reflect it faithfully.
She rewards me with tears and an agitation of hands.
I am important to her. She comes and goes.
Each morning it is her face that replaces the darkness.
In me she has drowned a young girl, and in me an old woman
Rises toward her day after day, like a terrible fish.

Sylvia Plath


A first Mute Coming

Posted by Manu Mattos on 20.1.10 in , ,

A first Mute Coming --
In the Stranger's House --
A first fair Going --
When the Bells rejoice --

A first Exchange -- of
What hath mingled -- been --
For Lot -- exhibited to
Faith -- alone --

Emily Dickinson


Die slowly

Posted by Manu Mattos on 19.1.10 in ,

He who becomes the slave of habit,
who follows the same routes every day,
who never changes pace,
who does not risk and change the color of his clothes,
who does not speak and does not experience,
dies slowly.

He or she who shuns passion,
who prefers black on white,
dotting ones "it’s" rather than a bundle of emotions, the kind that make your eyes glimmer,
that turn a yawn into a smile,
that make the heart pound in the face of mistakes and feelings,
dies slowly.

He or she who does not turn things topsy-turvy,
who is unhappy at work,
who does not risk certainty for uncertainty,
to thus follow a dream,
those who do not forego sound advice at least once in their lives,
die slowly.

He who does not travel, who does not read,
who does not listen to music,
who does not find grace in himself,
she who does not find grace in herself,
dies slowly.

He who slowly destroys his own self-esteem,
who does not allow himself to be helped,
who spends days on end complaining about his own bad luck, about the rain that never stops,
dies slowly.

He or she who abandon a project before starting it, who fail to ask questions on subjects he doesn't know, he or she who don't reply when they are asked something they do know,
die slowly.

Let's try and avoid death in small doses,
reminding oneself that being alive requires an effort far greater than the simple fact of breathing.

Only a burning patience will lead
to the attainment of a splendid happiness.

Pablo Neruda


Silêncio e palavra

Posted by Manu Mattos on 19.1.10 in


A couraça das palavras
protege o nosso silêncio
e esconde aquilo que somos

Que importa falarmos tanto?
Apenas repetiremos.

Ademais, nem são palavras.
Sons vazios de mensagem,
são como a fria mortalha
do cotidiano morto.
Como pássaros cansados,
que não encontraram pouso
certamente tombarão.

Muitos verões se sucedem:
o tempo madura os frutos,
branqueia nossos cabelos.
Mas o homem noturno espera
a aurora da nossa boca.


Se mãos estranhas romperem
a veste que nos esconde,
acharão uma verdade
em forma não revelável.
(E os homens têm olhos sujos,
não podem ver através.)

Mas um dia chegará
em que a oferenda dos deuses,
dada em forma de silêncio,
em palavra transfaremos.

E se porventura a dermos
ao mundo, tal como a flor
que se oferta - humilde e pura - ,
teremos então cumprido
a missão que é dada ao poeta.
E como são onda e mar,
seremos palavra e homem.

Thiago de Mello


Annabel Lee

Posted by Manu Mattos on 19.1.10 in

It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea;
But we loved with a love that was more than love-
I and my Annabel Lee;
With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven
Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsman came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in heaven,
Went envying her and me-
Yes!- that was the reason (as all men know,
In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we-
Of many far wiser than we-
And neither the angels in heaven above,
Nor the demons down under the sea,
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee.

For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling- my darling- my life and my bride,
In the sepulchre there by the sea,
In her tomb by the sounding sea.

Edgar Allan Poe



Posted by Manu Mattos on 18.1.10 in , ,

Sendo este um jornal por excelência,
e por excelência dos precisa-se e oferece-se,
vou pôr um anúncio em negrito:

precisa-se de alguém homem ou mulher
que ajude uma pessoa a ficar contente
porque esta está tão contente que não
pode ficar sozinha com a alegria,
e precisa reparti-la.

Paga-se extraordinariamente bem:
minuto por minuto paga-se
com a própria alegria.

É urgente pois a alegria dessa pessoa
é fugaz como estrelas cadentes,
que até parece que só se as viu depois que tombaram;
precisa-se urgente antes da noite cair
porque a noite é muito perigosa e nenhuma ajuda é possível e fica tarde demais.

Essa pessoa que atenda ao anúncio
só tem folga depois que passa
o horror do domingo que fere.

Não faz mal que venha uma pessoa
triste porque a alegria que se dá
é tão grande que se tem que a repartir
antes que se transforme em drama.

Implora-se também que venha,
implora-se com a humildade da

Em troca oferece-se também uma
casa com todas as luzes acesas
como numa festa de bailarinos.

Dá-se o direito de dispor da copa
e da cozinha, e da sala de estar.

P.S. Não se precisa de prática.
E se pede desculpa por estar num
anúncio a dilarecerar os outros.

Mas juro que há em meu rosto sério
uma alegria até mesmo divina para dar.

Clarice Lispector



Posted by Manu Mattos on 17.1.10 in , ,

What is our life? A play of passion,
Our mirth the music of division,
Our mother's wombs the tiring-houses be,
Where we are dressed for this short comedy.
Heaven the judicious sharp spectator is,
That sits and marks still who doth act amiss.
Our graves that hide us from the setting sun
Are like drawn curtains when the play is done.
Thus march we, playing, to our latest rest,
Only we die in earnest, that's no jest.

Sir Walter Raleigh


Love and the Gentle Heart

Posted by Manu Mattos on 15.1.10 in , ,

Love and the gentle heart are one thing,
just as the poet says in his verse,
each from the other one as well divorced
as reason from the mind’s reasoning.

Nature craves love, and then creates love king,
and makes the heart a palace where he’ll stay,
perhaps a shorter or a longer day,
breathing quietly, gently slumbering.

Then beauty in a virtuous woman’s face
makes the eyes yearn, and strikes the heart,
so that the eyes’ desire’s reborn again,
and often, rooting there with longing, stays,

Till love, at last, out of its dreaming starts.
Woman’s moved likewise by a virtuous man.

Dante Alighieri


Um dia você aprende

Posted by Manu Mattos on 14.1.10 in

Um dia você aprende que...

Depois de algum tempo você aprende a diferença, a sutil diferença, entre dar a mão e acorrentar uma alma.

E você aprende que amar não significa apoiar-se, e que companhia nem sempre significa segurança.

E começa a aprender que beijos não são contratos e presentes não são promessas.

E começa a aceitar suas derrotas com a cabeça erguida e olhos adiante, com a graça de um adulto e não com a tristeza de uma criança.

E aprende a construir todas as suas estradas no hoje, porque o terreno do amanhã é incerto demais para os planos, e o futuro tem o costume de cair em meio ao vão.

Depois de um tempo você aprende que o sol queima se ficar exposto por muito tempo.

E aprende que não importa o quanto você se importe, algumas pessoas simplesmente não se importam...E aceita que não importa quão boa seja uma pessoa, ela vai feri-lo de vez em quando e você precisa perdoá-la, por isso.

Aprende que falar pode aliviar dores emocionais.

Descobre que se leva anos para se construir confiança e apenas segundos para destrui-la, e que você pode fazer coisas em um instante, das quais se arrependerá pelo resto da vida.

Aprende que verdadeiras amizades continuam a crescer mesmo a longas distâncias.

E o que importa não é o que você tem na vida, mas quem você é na vida.

E que bons amigos são a família que nos permitiram escolher.

Aprende que não temos que mudar de amigos se compreendemos que os amigos mudam, percebe que seu melhor amigo e você podem fazer qualquer coisa, ou nada, e terem bons momentos juntos.

Descobre que as pessoas com quem você mais se importa na vida são tomadas de você muito depressa, por isso sempre devemos deixar as pessoas que amamos com palavras amorosas, pode ser a última vez que as vejamos.

Aprende que as circunstâncias e os ambientes tem influência sobre nós, mas nós somos responsáveis por nós mesmos.

Começa a aprender que não se deve comparar com os outros, mas com o melhor que você mesmo pode ser.

Descobre que se leva muito tempo para se tornar a pessoa que quer ser, e que o tempo é curto.

Aprende que não importa onde já chegou, mas onde está indo, mas se você não sabe para onde está indo, qualquer lugar serve.

Aprende que, ou você controla seus atos ou eles o controlarão, e que ser flexível não significa ser fraco ou não ter personalidade, pois não importa quão delicada e frágil seja uma situação, sempre existem dois lados.

Aprende que heróis são pessoas que fizeram o que era necessário fazer, enfrentando as conseqüências.

Aprende que paciência requer muita prática.

Descobre que algumas vezes a pessoa que você espera que o chute quando você cai é uma das poucas que o ajudam a levantar-se.

Aprende que maturidade tem mais a ver com os tipos de experiência que se teve e o que você aprendeu com elas do que com quantos aniversários você celebrou.

Aprende que há mais dos seus pais em você do que você supunha.

Aprende que nunca se deve dizer a uma criança que sonhos são bobagens, poucas coisas são tão humilhantes e seria uma tragédia se ela acreditasse nisso.

Aprende que quando está com raiva tem o direito de estar com raiva, mas isso não lhe dá o direito de ser cruel.

Descobre que só porque alguém não o ama do jeito que você quer que ame, não significa que esse alguém não o ama, pois existem pessoas que nos amam, mas simplesmente não sabem como demonstrar isso.

Aprende que nem sempre é suficiente ser perdoado por alguém, algumas vezes você tem que aprender a perdoar-se a si mesmo.

Aprende que com a mesma severidade com que julga, você será em algum momento condenado.

Aprende que não importa em quantos pedaços seu coração foi partido, o mundo não pára para que você o conserte.

Aprende que o tempo não é algo que possa voltar para trás.

Portanto, plante seu jardim e decore sua alma, ao invés de esperar que alguém lhe traga flores.

E você aprende que realmente pode suportar... que realmente é forte, e que pode ir muito mais longe depois de pensar que não se pode mais.

E que realmente a vida tem valor e que você tem valor diante da vida!

Nossas dúvidas são traidoras e nos fazem perder o bem que poderíamos conquistar, se não fosse o medo de tentar.

Veronica A. Shoffstall


It Couldn't Be Done

Posted by Manu Mattos on 14.1.10 in , ,

Somebody said that it couldn't be done,
But he with a chuckle replied
That "maybe it couldn't," but he would be one
Who wouldn't say so till he'd tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn't be done, and he did it.

Somebody scoffed: "Oh, you'll never do that;
At least no one ever has done it";
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
And the first thing we knew he'd begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn't be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
That "cannot be done," and you'll do it.

Edgar A. Guest


Chanson d'automne

Posted by Manu Mattos on 13.1.10 in

Les sanglots longs
Des violons
De l'autonne
Blessent mon coeur
D'une langueur

Tout suffoquant
Et blême quand
Sonne l'heure,
Je me souviens
Des jours anciens
Et je pleure.

Et je m'en vais
Au vent mauvais
Qui m'emporte
Deçà, delà
Pareil à la
Feuille morte.

Paul Verlaine


Hope and Love

Posted by Manu Mattos on 13.1.10 in , ,

As the earth spins into day and night,
so the human soul basks in light
and quivers in darkness.
And as the earth sometimes has foul weather,
the soul too has it hurricanes and rains.

Hope and love are, were, will be.
Hope is God's eternal nudge in our ribs.
Something is ahead
and, knowing not its shape,
we push toward it nonetheless.
Hope pulls us.

Love is everywhere, and always has been.
Love existed before we came to join it.
Love made us.
Love makes us make more of us.
Love is God's radiant comfort in our souls.
Love binds us.

With hope to pull and love to bind,
we need not fear.

When all is seemingly lost,
when it is nighttime in the soul,
when there is wind and rain,
there are yet two forces to sustain us.


Alan Harris


What a wonderful world

Posted by Manu Mattos on 11.1.10 in

I see trees of green, red roses too.
I see them bloom for me and you.
And I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.

I see skies of blue and clouds of white,
The bright blessed day, The dark sacred night.
And I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.

The colours of the rainbow so pretty in the sky.
Are also on the faces of people going by.
I see friends shaking hands, saying: "How do you do?"
They're really saying:"I love you".

I hear babies cry, I watch them grow,
They'll learn much more, than I'll never know.
And I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.

Yes, I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.

George David Weiss / George Douglas


Brown Penny

Posted by Manu Mattos on 10.1.10 in , ,

I whispered, 'I am too young,'
And then, 'I am old enough';
Wherefore I threw a penny
To find out if I might love.
'Go and love, go and love, young man,
If the lady be young and fair.'
Ah, penny, brown penny, brown penny,
I am looped in the loops of her hair.

O love is the crooked thing,
There is nobody wise enough
To find out all that is in it,
For he would be thinking of love
Till the stars had run away
And the shadows eaten the moon.
Ah, penny, brown penny, brown penny,
One cannot begin it too soon.

William Butler Yeats


The Ocean's Song

Posted by Manu Mattos on 8.1.10 in , ,

We walked amongst the ruins famed in story
Of Rozel-Tower,
And saw the boundless waters stretch in glory
And heave in power.

O Ocean vast! We heard thy song with wonder,
Whilst waves marked time.
"Appear, O Truth!" thou sang'st with tone of thunder,
"And shine sublime!

"The world's enslaved and hunted down by beagles,
To despots sold.
Souls of deep thinkers, soar like mighty eagles!
The Right uphold.

"Be born! arise! o'er the earth and wild waves bounding,
Peoples and suns!
Let darkness vanish; tocsins be resounding,
And flash, ye guns!

"And you who love no pomps of fog or glamour,
Who fear no shocks,
Brave foam and lightning, hurricane and clamour,--
Exiles: the rocks!"

Victor Hugo



Posted by Manu Mattos on 7.1.10 in , ,

Smile, though your heart is aching
Smile, even though it's breaking
When there are clouds in the sky
You'll get by...

If you smile
With your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You'll find that life is still worthwhile if you'll just...
Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That's the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what's the use of crying?
You'll find that life is still worthwhile
If you'll just...

Charles Chaplin


Yes Yes

Posted by Manu Mattos on 6.1.10 in

when God created love he didn't help most
when God created dogs He didn't help dogs
when God created plants that was average
when God created hate we had a standard utility
when God created me He created me
when God created the monkey He was asleep
when He created the giraffe He was drunk
when He created narcotics He was high
and when He created suicide He was low

when He created you lying in bed
He knew what He was doing
He was drunk and He was high
and He created the mountians and the sea and fire at the same time

He made some mistakes
but when He created you lying in bed
He came all over His Blessed Universe.

Charles Bukowski


Seeker Of Truth

Posted by Manu Mattos on 6.1.10 in

seeker of truth

follow no path
all paths lead where

truth is here

E. E. Cummings



Posted by Manu Mattos on 4.1.10 in

Para mi corazón, basta tu pecho,
para tu libertad, bastan mis alas.
Desde mi boca llegará hasta el cielo
lo que estaba dormido sobre tu alma.

Es en tí la ilusión de cada día.
Llegas como el rocío a las corolas,
socavas el horizonte con tu ausencia,
eternamente en fuga como la ola.

He dicho que cantabas en el viento
como los pinos y como los mástiles.
Como ellos, eres alta y taciturna,
y entristeces de pronto, como un viaje.

Acojedora como un viejo camino.
Te pueblan ecos y voces nostálgicas.
Yo desperté y a veces emigran y huyen
pájaros que dormían en tu alma.

Pablo Neruda



Posted by Manu Mattos on 3.1.10 in , ,

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream–and not make dreams your master,
If you can think–and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ‘em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings–nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And–which is more–you’ll be a Man, my son!

Rudyard Kipling

Copyright © 2009 Just like a wave... All rights reserved. Theme by Laptop Geek. | Bloggerized by FalconHive.