Pablo Neruda - Die Slowly (Lentamente Muore)
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I usually don't read poetry, it's not what i like to read but i heard this on the radio and had to look for it on the net and read it again a few times..

He who becomes the slave of habit,
who follows the same routes every day,
who never changes pace,
who does not risk and change the color of his clothes,
who does not speak and does not experience,
dies slowly.

He or she who shuns passion,
who prefers black on white,
dotting ones "it's" rather than a bundle of emotions, the kind that make your eyes glimmer,
that turn a yawn into a smile,
that make the heart pound in the face of mistakes and feelings,
dies slowly.

He or she who does not turn things topsy-turvy,
who is unhappy at work,
who does not risk certainty for uncertainty,
to thus follow a dream,
those who do not forego sound advice at least once in their lives,
die slowly.

He who does not travel, who does not read,
who does not listen to music,
who does not find grace in himself,
she who does not find grace in herself,
dies slowly.

He who slowly destroys his own self-esteem,
who does not allow himself to be helped,
who spends days on end complaining about his own bad luck, about the rain that never stops,
dies slowly.

He or she who abandon a project before starting it, who fail to ask questions on subjects he doesn't know,  he or she who don't reply when they are asked something they do know,
die slowly.

Let's try and avoid death in small doses,
reminding oneself that being alive requires an effort  far greater than the simple fact of breathing.

Only a burning patience will lead
to the attainment of a splendid happiness.

Here's the italian version:

LENTAMENTE MUORE (Ode alla Vita) by Pablo Neruda

Lentamente muore chi diventa schiavo dell'abitudine,
ripetendo ogni giorno gli stessi percorsi,
chi non cambia la marcia,
chi non rischia e non cambia il colore dei vestiti,
chi non parla a chi non conosce.

Lentamente muore chi fa della televisione il suo guru
Muore lentamente chi evita una passione,
chi preferisce il nero su bianco ed i puntini sulle "i"
piuttosto che un insieme di emozioni,
proprio quelle che fanno brillare gli occhi,
quelle che fanno di uno sbadiglio un sorriso,
quelle che fanno battere il cuore
davanti all'errore ed ai sentimenti

Lentamente muore chi non capovolge il tavolo,
chi è infelice sul lavoro,
chi non rischia la certezza per l'incerto pur di inseguire un sogno
chi non si permette, almeno per una volta nella vita,
di fuggire i consigli sensati

Lentamente muore chi non viaggia,
chi non legge,
chi non ascolta musica,
chi non trova grazia in se stesso

Muore lentamente chi distrugge l'amor proprio,
chi non si lascia aiutare
Muore lentamente chi passa i giorni a lamentarsi
della propria sfortuna o della pioggia incessante
Lentamente muore chi abbandona un progetto prima di iniziarlo,
chi non fa domande sugli argomenti che non conosce

Evitiamo la morte a piccole dosi
ricordando sempre che l'essere vivo
richiede uno sforzo di gran lunga maggiore
del semplice fatto di respirare.
Soltanto l'ardente pazienza
porterà al raggiungimento
di una splendida felicità

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I wish I knew Italian so I could appreciate better.
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the original version was prolly in spanish but i think it sounds really beter in italian than in english.. :P
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dammit so many typos

'although i think it sounds more profound and mysterious in italian
but thats just me. i just like to hear italians speak'
there, typos corrected. sorry bout that. typing in haste ey?
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lol, thanks glad you liked it too, i heard it on the radio today and it really got all my attention then i lost like an hour trying to find it on the net cause i didn't know the are always the first to comment on my posts, and i duno whoelse reads them beside you and *chickitty

By the way i prefer it in italian too, i've posted it in both language cause almost no one speaks italian on DA :/
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your journal is interesting and i love to comment on interesting journals
hence-im always here :)

yeah...italian sounds lovely.
i dont speak it, buti picked up some basic words in italy (like ciao bella -cs people were always shouting it hehe, and the standard 'molto bene (?) and thigns like that)
id liek to learn italian eventually.
so i can read great italian poetry in its original language rather than a translation :)
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thank you i am happy you like my journals :D if someone actualyl reads them i will ened to pay more attention on what i write hehe italian is a nice language altho i prefer the sound of spanish wordsi guess i could simply learn some spanish..
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oooh spanish is also lovely
i speak spanish
i studied it for 5 years
best 5 years ever
hope to continue ractising it
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uhStudent Photographer
cool to hear, i guess i am a real lazy person.. right now i should be studying and instead i am watching the last deviations.. go figure..
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i know whatyou mean
i had a week's break from college and crap
and i just havent gotten back into the routine of studying
tis not good.
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that is beautiful
i like it very very much

ill be using that on my livejournal too (not on dA though)
wow...great poem

although it hink it sound smor eporfound and mysterious in italian :)
but thats just me. i just like to hear italians speak
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