Sunday, October 18, 2009

Ricardo Reis via Fernando Pessoa

I want the flower you are, not the one you give.
Why refuse me what I don't ask of you?
---You'll have time to refuse
---After you've given.
Flower, be a flower to me! If, ungenerous, you're plucked
By the hand of the ill-omened sphinx, you'll wander forever
---As an absurd shadow,
---Seeking what you never gave.

---------------------------------------21 October 1923

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