Translation © by Andrew Schneider

O céu, azul de luz quieta
Language: Portuguese (Português) 
Available translation(s): ENG
O céu, azul de luz quieta.
As ondas brandas a quebrar,
Na praia lúcida e completa - 
Pontos de dedos a brincar.

No piano anónimo da praia
Tocam nenhuma melodia
De cujo ritmo por fim saia
Todo o sentido deste dia.

Que bom, se isto satisfizesse!
Que certo, se eu pudesse crer
Que esse mar e essas ondas e esse
Céu têm vida e têm ser.


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  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "O sky, the blue of your quiet light", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2017-07-01
Line count: 12
Word count: 66

O sky, the blue of your quiet light
Language: English  after the Portuguese (Português) 
O sky, the blue of your quiet light,
the soft waves breaking
on the luminous and full beach--
playing with our toetips.

One the beach's nameless keyboard,
they play no melody--
all the feeling this day has brought
their rhythm finally leaves behind.

How good, if this could satisfy!
How true, if I could believe
that that sea and those waves and that heaven--
that they have life and being.


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This text was added to the website: 2018-05-30
Line count: 12
Word count: 70