Março é para mim um mês especial por ser o mês do meu aniversário. Por esta razão, a escolha que trago é uma escolha de celebração e ainda mais pessoal que as anteriores. Para mim, descobrir o poema "Song of Myself" foi reconhecer um sentimento que já existia em mim mas que ainda não se tinha manifestado. Foi um ponto de viragem. Actualmente, é fácil perceber que o meu êxtase pela vida se soltou e ganhou expressão depois de ler este poema. Hoje celebro o universal e a individualidade, a vida e a morte, os dias e as noites sabendo que sou tudo isso.
Como é extenso, escolhi deixar apenas algumas partes, esperando que sejam o suficiente para vos fazer reflectir e ir mais além.
Song of Myself
I celebrate myself, and sing myself,And what I assume you shall assume,For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.I loafe and invite my soul,I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass.My tongue, every atom of my blood, form’d from this soil, this air,Born here of parents born here from parents the same, and their parents the same,I, now thirty-seven years old in perfect health begin,Hoping to cease not till death.(...)
Stop this day and night with me and you shall possess the origin of all poems,You shall possess the good of the earth and sun, (there are millions of suns left,)You shall no longer take things at second or third hand, nor look through the eyes of the dead, nor feed on the spectres in books,You shall not look through my eyes either, nor take things from me,You shall listen to all sides and filter them from your self.(...)
They are alive and well somewhere,The smallest sprout shows there is really no death,And if ever there was it led forward life, and does not wait at the end to arrest it,And ceas’d the moment life appear’d.All goes onward and outward, nothing collapses,And to die is different from what any one supposed, and luckier.(...)
I am the poet of the Body and I am the poet of the Soul,The pleasures of heaven are with me and the pains of hell are with me,The first I graft and increase upon myself, the latter I translate into a new tongue.I am the poet of the woman the same as the man,And I say it is as great to be a woman as to be a man,And I say there is nothing greater than the mother of men.(...)
The past and present wilt—I have fill’d them, emptied them,And proceed to fill my next fold of the future.Listener up there! what have you to confide to me?Look in my face while I snuff the sidle of evening,(Talk honestly, no one else hears you, and I stay only a minute longer.)Do I contradict myself?Very well then I contradict myself,(I am large, I contain multitudes.)Walt Whitman