Friday, January 15, 2010

"Death comes before its time--Fernando Pessoa

Death comes before its time,
Life is so brief a stay.
Each moment is the mime
Of what is lost for aye.

Life scarcely had begun,
Nor the idea diminished,
When he whose task was done
Knew not what he had finished.

This, doubting Death presumes
To cancel and to cut
Out of the book of dooms,
Which God forgot to shut."

--tr Roy Campbell, Collected Poems vol. III

Altermodern 1. 2.

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