Saturday, March 15, 2014

Poesia: Philip Larkin

Foto minha: Olivia Olha Meu Pai
Lines on a Young Lady's Photograph Album

At last you yielded up the album, which,
Once open, sent me distracted. All your ages
Matt and glossy on the thick black pages!
Too much confectionery, too rich:
I choke on such nutritious images. 

My swivel eye hungers from pose to pose –
In pigtails, clutching a reluctant cat;
Or furred yourself, a sweet girl-graduate;
Or lifting a heavy-headed rose
Beneath a trellis, or in a trilby hat 

(Faintly disturbing, that, in several ways) –
From every side you strike at my control,
Not least through these disquieting chaps who loll
At ease about your early days:
Not quite your class, I'd say, dear, on the whole. 

But o, photography! as no art is,
Faithful and disappointing! that records
Dull days as dull, and hold-it smiles as frauds,
And will not censor blemishes
Like washing-lines, and Halls'-Distemper boards, 

But shows the cat as disinclined, and shades
A chin as doubled when it is, what grace
Your candour thus confers upon her face!
How overwhelmingly persuades
That this is a real girl in a real place, 

In every sense empirically true!
Or is it just the past?
Those flowers, that gate,
These misty parks and motors, lacerate
Simply by being over; you 
Contract my heart by looking out of date. 

Yes, true; but in the end, surely, we cry
Not only at exclusion, but because 
It leaves us free to cry. We know what was
Won't call on us to justify
Our grief, however hard we growl across 

The gap from page to page. So I am left
To mourn (without a chance of consequence)
You, balanced on a bike against a fence;
To wonder if you'd spot the theft
Of this one of you bathing; to condense, 
In short, a past that no one now can share,
No matter whose your future; calm and dry,
It holds you like a heaven, and you lie
Unvariably lovely there,
Smaller and clearer the years go by.

Mais Philip Larkin aqui.

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