Segue o Teu Destino – Follow Your Destiny


Dear Readers, I bring to your attention a wise poem by a famous Portuguese writer, Fernando Pessoa. It makes reflect upon much…:


Segue o teu destino,           Follow your Destiny,
Rega as tuas plantas,         Water your plants,
Ama as tuas rosas.             Love your roses.
O resto é a sombra             The rest is a shade
De árvores alheias.             Of distant trees.

A realidade                            The reality is
Sempre é mais ou menos    Always more or less
Do que nos queremos.         What we want from it.
Só nós somos sempre           We know, that we’re always
Iguais a nós-proprios.          Equal to ourselves.

Suave é viver só.                    Only to live quietly.
Grande e nobre é sempre     Great and noble is always
Viver simplesmente.              To live in simplicity.
Deixa a dor nas aras               Leave the pain on the altars
Como ex-voto aos deuses.     As past weeps to Gods.

Vê de longe a vida.                  See far into the life.
Nunca a interrogues.              Never question her.
Ela nada pode                          She is unable
Dizer-te. A resposta               To tell you. The answer
Está além dos deuses.            Is up at the Gods’.

Mas serenamente                   But serenely
Imita o Olimpo                        Imitate the Olimp
No teu coração.                        In your heart.
Os deuses são deuses             Gods are Gods.
Porque não se pensam.          Because they don’t think of themselves.

Best Regards,

Maria KethuProfumo



About kethuprofumo

Reconstructing the Past for the glorious Future
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2 Responses to Segue o Teu Destino – Follow Your Destiny

  1. theburningheart says:

    Nice rendition of Pessoa Maria. 🙂

    • kethuprofumo says:

      Thank you, dear Mr. Brigido! First I discovered this poem as Nana Caymmi’s song. Then I decided to share it for it’s very profound as many other poems of his.

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