At Dusk

At dusk - Óbidos/Torres Vedras, Portugal

At dusk – Óbidos/Torres Vedras, Portugal

Não quero a vida.
Quero o sonho que me leva
Ao encontro do teu mundo
Onde as paisagens alimentam
Esta fome de viver.  ‹translation at bottom›


Não quero ter tempo.
Quero perceber o teu sorriso
Quando te envolves de luz
Ao cair da tarde fresca
Para saber sorrir também.
Não quero que o vento abrande.
Quero voar entre as folhas
Que deixaste cair no tempo
E sair aquela porta
Para encontrar no outro lado
Uma ponte para o paraíso 

João Bernardo

(grande caminheiro e poeta amigo/great trekker and poet friend)

I don’t want life.

I want a dream that takes me

To meet your world

Where the scenery feeds

This hunger for life.

I don’t want to have time.

I want to realize your smile

When you engage in the light

Of the fresh dusk

So as to learn how to smile too.

I don’t want the wind to lessen.

I want to fly amongst the leaves

That you let fall in time

And go forth through that door

To find on the opposite side

A bridge to heaven.

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