Life and Death – Manuel González Prada

Poem


Hollow and nothing, the being's blow:
Mankind, bird and flower depart;
To the oblivion sea, love runs,
To the tomb, pleasure shortly goes.
Where are the lights from long-ago?
All radiance its twilight has gained,
All liquor by bile is hidden,
Birth’s misfortune expiates it all. 
Vain and mad I long for thinking!
What’s life? To dream without sleeping.
What’s death? To sleep without dreaming. 

– Pablo Alejos Flores

Based on “Vivir y morir” written by Manuel González Prada in Spanish

Licença Creative Commons

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. “Life and Death”, a poem adaptation written by Pablo Alejos Flores.

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