XXXIV by Alberto Caeiro aka Fernando Pessoa

XXXIX

The mystery of things, where is it?
Where is the thing that doesn’t appear
At least to show us it’s a mystery?

What does a river know about this and what does a tree know?
And I, who am no more than those, what do I know?
Every time I look at things and think about what men think about them,
I laugh like how a brook sounds cool on a stone.

Because the only hidden meaning of things
Is that they have no hidden meaning at all,
It’s stranger than every strangeness
And the dreams of all the poets
And the thoughts of all the philosophers,
That things are really what they seem to be
And there’s nothing to understand.

Yes, this is what my senses alone have learned:—
Things don’t have significance: they only have existence.
Things are the only hidden meaning of things.

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2 Comments on “XXXIV by Alberto Caeiro aka Fernando Pessoa”

  1. Andy says:

    Imagery and thoughtfulness very well combined, especially:

    “Every time I look at things and think about what men think about them,
    I laugh like how a brook sounds cool on a stone.”

    Also, I like the philosophy behind your blog site. More people should do things like this.

  2. Thanks Andy… if you’re interested in more Pessoa, you should checkout the “Book of Disquiet.”


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