10 March 2011

Translating is fun

I must not sleep
Till our time consummate

I must conduct
A time to fall for you
Slowly but urgently, wooing you.

I must discover
At the last second
A time that redoes what’s over
A time that brings together passion
And introduces it back in our bodies

I promise to love you
until love falls sick
Then, I must go
Equally sick
But in time for us to disentangle
from each other

And after I lose you
I must again find you
Perhaps in a time of tenderness

We’ll say nothing
Nothing happened
I must only stay by your side

(Translated by Anita from "Todo o Sentimento" Chico Buarque de Hollanda)