As If Everything Were Weeping

I gave birth to my infinite being,
but I had to wrench myself out of me with forceps.

And yet how often I’ve longingly envisioned this peace that I would almost flee,
if I could do so easily and gracefully.

I’m inoffensiveness incarnate.

We almost always live outside ourselves,
and life itself is a continual dispersion.

The sound of increasing rain,
as if everything were weeping,
is a relief.

Words for me are tangible bodies,
visible sirens,
incarnate sensualities.

Don’t be lived by it.

Our personality should be inscrutable,
even to ourselves.

—Bernardo Soares, Impossibilities