Hand in hand

Carlos Drummond de Andrade (October 1902 – August 1987), was a Brazilian poet and writer, considered by some as the greatest Brazilian poet of all time.

I won’t be the poet of a decrepit world.

Nor I will sing the world of the future.

I’m bound to life, and I look at my companions.

They’re taciturn but nourish great hopes.

In their midst, I consider capacious reality.

The present is so large, let’s not stray far.

Let’s stay together and go hand in hand.

I won’t be the singer of some woman, some tale,

I won’t evoke the sights at dusk, the scene outside the window,

I won’t distribute drugs or suicide letters,

I won’t flee to the islands or be carried off by seraphim.

Time is my matter, present time, present people,

the present life.