25 April 2009

After the Revolution

We remember the dawn of that day when joy and freedom exploded in a myriad of red carnations. Portuguese poets were also among the first to greet in verse the liberating madrugada of the revolution 25th April 1974, as, for instance, Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen.

Esta é a madrugada que eu esperava
O dia inicial inteiro e limpo
Onde emergimos da noite e do silêncio
E livres habitamos a substância do tempo


This is the dawn I was waiting for
The first day whole and pure
When we emerged from night and silence
And free we inhabit the substance of time





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1 comment:

  1. Agradeço estas memórias,muito!
    Para mim era importante que o fizessem.Foi bom ver,agora,neste momento.

    Dia D,na dois,ontem: Jorge de Sena;Sofia M.B.;António L.A. Foi bom,muito.

    A Poesia está(estava) na rua.

    Obrigada.

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