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Live Stream: Like a Mist by Fernando Pessoa

Written by Rachael Norris, 3rd September 2020

The theme for our #DailyReadings in September is beginnings and endings. PIPES Reader Leader, Emily Wright, reads Like a Mist a poem by Fernando Pessoa

'Like A Mist', Fernando Pessoa

Like A Mist(Tenho em mim como una bruma)I have in me like a mistthat is and contains nothingnostalgia for nothing at all,the desire for something fine.I am enveloped by itas if by a fogand I see the last star glowingabove the stub in my ashtrayI smoked life away. How uncertainall I saw or read!And the whole world, a vast open book,smiles at me in an unknown language.

Posted by The Reader on Thursday, September 3, 2020

Like a Mist

I have in me like a mist

that is and contains nothing

nostalgia for nothing at all,

the desire for something fine.

 

I am enveloped by it

as if by a fog

and I see the last star glowing

above the stub in my ashtray

 

I smoked life away. How uncertain

all I saw or read!

And the whole world, a vast open book,

smiles at me in an unknown language.

Fernando Pessoa

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