lost face

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One needs an excuse for using such a creepy photo.

Portrait
Cecilia Meireles
I didn’t have this face then,
So calm, and sad, and thin,
Nor these eyes that are so empty,
Nor these bitter lips.

I didn’t have these weak hands then,
So still, and cool and dead;
I didn’t have this heart then
That I hate to bare today.

I was never aware of changing,
So simple, so certain, so easy.
-Into which mirror then
was my face lost?

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Retrato
Eu não tinha este rosto de hoje,
assim calmo, assim triste, assim magro,
nem estes olhos tão vazios,
nem o lábio amargo.

Eu não tinha estas mãos sem força,
tão paradas e frias e mortas;
eu não tinha este coração
que nem se mostra.

Eu não dei por esta mudança,
tão simples, tão certa, tão fácil:
– Em que espelho ficou perdida
a minha face?

Photo by Gary Bendig on Unsplash

lost in the mirror

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Further thoughts on mirrors and reflections…

“There is no language without deceit.”

“men and women began to live their ephemeral dreams, every phantom would become a person with whom to begin a story of pursuits, pretenses, misunderstandings, clashes, oppressions, and the carousel of fantasies would stop.”

Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

Portrait (-Cecilia Meireles)

I did not have this face I have today,
So calm, so sad, so thin,
Nor these empty eyes,
Nor these bitter lips.

I did not have these weak hands,
So inert, so cold and dead;
I did not have this heart
That doesn’t show itself.

I was not aware of this change,
So simple, so certain, so easy:
-In which mirror has my face been lost?