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“Morning Bell” by Iman Mersal

The eye opens like a curtain rising
In the dark, feet search for something real
Consciousness hasn’t happened yet
And the floorboards are skin temperature
A fresh repetition, today will be one more or one less
An impromptu concert strikes up in the kitchen
Maybe this black coffee is the morning bell-
the prize you win for returning safe from sleep

is a Fearful Thing

‘Tis a fearful thing
to love what death can touch.

A fearful thing
to love, to hope, to dream, to be –

to be,
And oh, to lose.

A thing for fools, this,

And a holy thing,

a holy thing
to love.

For your life has lived in me,
your laugh once lifted me,
your word was gift to me.

To remember this brings painful joy.

‘Tis a human thing, love,
a holy thing, to love
what death has touched.

Yehuda HaLevi


Poema de William Ernest Henley. Adaptação para português de André Masini retirado do

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

Do fundo desta noite que persiste
A me envolver em breu – eterno e espesso,
A qualquer deus – se algum acaso existe,
Por mi’alma insubjugável agradeço.

Nas garras do destino e seus estragos,
Sob os golpes que o acaso atira e acerta,
Nunca me lamentei – e ainda trago
Minha cabe̤a Рembora em sangue Рereta.

Além deste oceano de lamúria,
Somente o Horror das trevas se divisa;
Porém o tempo, a consumir-se em fúria,
Não me amedronta, nem me martiriza.

Por ser estreita a senda Рeu ṇo declino,
Nem por pesada a mão que o mundo espalma;
Eu sou dono e senhor de meu destino;
Eu sou o comandante de minha alma.