I Got Off the Train by Fernando Pessoa

July 7, 2020 at 1:00 am 2 comments

Train Station
Location: Lisbon, Portugal

I got off the train
And said goodbye to the man I’d met.
We’d been together for eighteen hours
And had a pleasant conversation,
Fellowship in the journey,
And I was sorry to get off, sorry to leave
This chance friend whose name I never learned.
I felt my eyes water with tears . . .
Every farewell is a death.
Yes, every farewell is a death.
In the train we call life
We are all chance events in one another’s lives
And we all feel sorry when it is time to get off.

All that is human moves me, because I am a man.
All that is human moves me, not because I have an affinity
With human ideas or human doctrines
But because of my infinite fellowship with humanity itself.

The maid who hated to go,
Crying with nostalgia
For the house where she’d been mistreated . . .

All of this, inside my heart, is death and the world’s sadness.
All of this lives, because it dies, inside my heart.

And my heart is a little larger than the entire universe.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. educater34 MSc.  |  July 7, 2020 at 10:12 am

    amazing post

    Reply
    • 2. plaridel  |  July 8, 2020 at 10:47 am

      educater34 MSc.:

      i’m glad you liked it. thank you.

      Reply

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