mindful poetry

Mindful Poetry: "Discontinuous Poems" by Fernando Pessoa

Like I’ve said, I’M IN PORTUGAL!!

It’s absolutely beautiful here and I’m loving it, so in honor of that, I found a rather famous Portuguese poet to unveil as this weeks mindful poet.

Fernando Pessoa lived between 1888 and 1935 and was one of the most significant literary figures of his time.

While I was reading through his poems, “Discontinuous Poems” stuck out to me because of the interesting parallels the language has to the principles of mindful meditation.

Pay close attention and you might see them too!

Discontinuous Poems

The frightful reality of things

Is my everyday discovery.

Each thing is what it is.

How can I explain to anyone how much

I rejoice over this, and find it enough?


To be whole, it is enough to exist.


I have written quite a number of poems

And may write many more, of course.

Each poem of mine explains it,

Though all my poems are different,

Because each thing that exists is always proclaiming it.


Sometimes I busy myself with watching a stone,

I don't begin thinking whether it feels.

I don't force myself to call it my sister,


But I enjoy it because of its being a stone,

I enjoy it because it feels nothing,

I enjoy it because it is not at all related to me.


At times I also hear the wind blow by

And find that merely to hear the wind blow makes

it worth having been born.


I don't know what others will think who read this;

But I find it must be good because I think it

without effort,

And without the idea of others hearing me think,

Because I think it without thoughts,

Because I say it as my words say it.


Once they called me a materialist poet

And I admired myself because I never thought

That I might be called by any name at all.

I am not even a poet: I see.

If what I write has any value, it is not I who am


The value is there, in my verses.

All this has nothing whatever to do with any will

of mine.

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