Tristeza no céu
No céu também há uma hora melancólica.
Hora difícil, em que a dúvida penetra as almas.
Por que fiz o mundo? Deus se pergunta
e se responde: Não sei.
Os anjos olham-no com reprovação,
e plumas caem.
Todas as hipóteses: a graça, a eternidade, o amor
caem, são plumas.
Outra pluma, o céu se desfaz.
Tão manso, nenhum fragor denuncia
o momento entre tudo e nada,
ou seja, a tristeza de Deus.
Sadness in the sky
In heaven too comes an hour of melancholy.
A difficult hour, in which doubt penetrates the souls.
Why did I create the world? Asks God himself
and replies: I don't know.
The angels look at him with disapproval,
and feathers fall.
All hypothesis: grace, eternity, love
fall, are feathers.
One more feather, heaven falls apart.
So smoothly, no roaring reveals
the moment between everything and nothing,
or be it, the sadness of God.
CARLOS DRUMMOND DE ANDRADE
tr. Germain Droogenbroodt
Heirs Carlos Drummond de Andrade
Drummond de Andrade, born in Itabira, Brasil October 31, 1902 – died
17,1987. At thirteen he was admitted to his School’s Dramatic and
Literary Club Artur Azevedo, and still adolescent he published his works
in the boarding school’s newspaper. At
twenty he was already publishing in the newspaper “Diário de
Minas” and in the magazines “
“Ilustração Brasileira”. Although
graduated from the
, he choose
literature as his. In 1925 he founded
“A Revista” which has
become the herald of the Minas Gerais modernism.
several prizes for his works. His work reflects the conflict that
permeated his life: on the one hand the eagerness for political and
social changes, on the other hand the sympathy with the tradition
values. Struggling within this conflict the poet lived deeply
hurt and also torn away from his origins and the world. Trying to mirror
his time without abandoning the mankind’s larger context, Drummond
became one of the major poets of
Drummond de Andrade wrote a large number of erotic poems: “O amor
natural”. His impressive
poetic oeuvre has been published in many languages.