Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Only until this cigarette is ended

Only until this cigarette is ended,
A little moment at the end of all,
While on the floor the quiet ashes fall,
And in the firelight to a lance extended,
Bizarrely with the jazzing music blended,
The broken shadow dances on the wall,
I will permit my memory to recall
The vision of you, by all my dreams attended.
And then adieu,—farewell!—the dream is done.
Yours is a face of which I can forget
The color and the features, every one,
The words not ever, and the smiles not yet;
But in your day this moment is the sun
Upon a hill, after the sun has set.

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Monday, January 23, 2006

Praça da Batalha, Porto

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Dia de eleições... Election day...

Praça da Batalha, Porto

Abaixo el-rei Sebastião

É preciso enterrar el-rei Sebastião
é preciso dizer a toda a gente
que o Desejado já não pode vir.
É preciso quebrar na ideia e na canção
a guitarra fantástica e doente
que alguém trouxe de Alcácer Quibir.

Eu digo que está morto.
Deixai em paz el-rei Sebastião
deixai-o no desastre e na loucura.
Sem precisarmos de sair o porto
temos aqui à mão
a terra da aventura.

Vós que trazeis por dentro
de cada gesto
uma cansada humilhação
deixai falar na vossa voz a voz do vento
cantai em tom de grito e de protesto
matai dentro de vós el-rei Sebastião.

Quem vai tocar a rebate
os sinos de Portugal?
Poeta: é tempo de um punhal
por dentro da canção.
Que é preciso bater em quem nos bate
é preciso enterrar el-rei Sebastião.

Manuel Alegre

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Another beautiful sunny day...

Grass on a roof top
Blanket airing in the sun
Saturday morning...

Friday, January 20, 2006

Early morning fog...

Early morning fog
over the golden river
welcomes a new day.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

When You Are Old

When you are old and gray and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how love fled
And paced among the mountains overhead
And hid his face among a crowd of stars.

William Butler Yeats

Friday, January 13, 2006