A poem: Die slowly by Martha Medeiros

He who becomes the slave of habit,
who follows the same routines every day,
who never changes brand,
who does not risk and change the color of his clothes,
who does not talk to people he doesn’t know
dies slowly.

He who makes television his guru
dies slowly.

He or she who shuns passion,
who prefers black on white,
and the dots on the “i” to a whirlpool of emotions,
precisely those that recover the gleam of the eyes,
smiles from the yawns,
hearts from the stumbling and feelings
dies slowly.

He or she who does not turn things topsy-turvy,
who is unhappy at work,
who does not risk certainty for uncertainty,
to thus follow a dream,
those who do not forego sound advice at least once in their lives,
die slowly.

He who does not travel,
who does not read,
who can not hear music,
who does not find grace in himself,
dies slowly.

He who slowly destroys his self love,
who does not allow himself to be helped,
who spends days on end complaining about his own bad luck,
about the rain that never stops,
dies slowly.

He or she who abandon a project before starting it,
who fail to ask questions on subjects he doesn’t know,
he or she who don’t reply when they are asked something they do know,
die slowly.

Let’s avoid death in small doses,
reminding oneself that being alive requires an effort far greater than the simple fact of breathing.

Only a burning patience will lead
to the attainment of a splendid happiness.

 

Copenhagen, May 2012

 

 

The Pablo Neruda Foundation’s declaration: “Die slowly”, falsely attributed to Pablo Neruda, reaching a considerable electronic circulation. This poem belongs to Martha Medeiros, a brazilian writer, author of several books and columnist for the newspaper “Zero Hora”, in Porto Alegre. It was published under the name “A morte devagar” mentioned in the newspaper in November 2000.

http://www.fundacionneruda.org/en/pablo-neruda/faq/104-tres-poemas-falsamente-atribuidos-a-pablo-neruda-.html

 

For Spanish version Muere lentamente – Martha Medeiros

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