I’m listening by Sophia de-Mello Breyner

I’m listening
But I don’t know
If what I hear is silence
Or God.

I’m listening
But I can’t tell
If I hear the plane of emptiness echoing
Or a keen consciousness
That at the ends of the universe
Deciphers and watches me.

I only know that I walk like someone
Who is beheld,
And known.

And because of this
I put into my every moment

Solemnity and risk.

Note: Following is the original in Portugese. If you know who translated the poem into English, please comment.

Escuto mas não sei
Se o que oiço é silêncio
Ou Deus

Escuto sem saber se estou ouvindo
O ressoar das planícies do vazio
Ou a consciência atenta
Que nos confins do universo
Me decifra e fita

Apenas sei que caminho como quem
É olhado amado e conhecido
E por isso em cada gesto ponho
Solenidade e risco


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