Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story. 
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. 
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism. 
Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass. 
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself. 
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. 
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. 
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann

The walking

I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I have to go.
We think by feeling. What is there to know?
I hear my being dance from ear to ear.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
Of those so close beside me, which are you?
God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there,
And learn by going where I have to go.
Light takes the Tree; but who can tell us how?
The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair;
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
Great Nature has another thing to do
To you and me, so take the lively air,
And, lovely, learn by going where to go.
This shaking keeps me steady. I should know.
What falls away is always. And is near.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I learn by going where I have to go.

Theodore Roethke


Entran en nuestra vida
como arroyuelos;
y de repente
nos ahogamos en ellos,
y ya no sabemos
quién nos dio
el agua o la sal
ni quién dejó en nosotros
esta amargura.

Maram al-Masri


a que duerman los niños
para dejar
que el cadáver de mi fracaso
flote en la superficie.

Maram al-Masri


Qué estupidez.
Al mínimo roce
mi corazón se abre.

Maram al-Masri.



Todo el día
sin hablar
la sombra de la mariposa



Como si no fuera de este mundo, 
cogida con el corazón, 
la mariposa. 



Una mariposa midiéndose
con un pétalo que cae:
"A ver quién es más leve"



Todo va fluyendo:
los sueños de las libélulas
en las burbujas del agua




Porque sin ti no hubiera descubierto

como una jarra de agua en el desierto
la mina antigua de mi poesía.

Pablo de Rokha


“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you...I could walk through my garden forever.” 
Alfred Tennyson 


En lugares perdidos

En lugares perdidos
contra toda esperanza
te buscaba.
En ciudades sin nombre
por rincones de ayer
te busqué.
En horas miserables
entre la sombra amarga
te buscaba.
Y cuando el desaliento
me pedía volver
te encontré.

José Agustín Goytisolo


"The trouble is not that I am single and likely to stay single, but that I am lonely and likely to stay lonely"



Me escondí en el cuarto, pero olvidé dónde. 

 En el armario no estoy. 
 Ni detrás de la cortina. 
 Tampoco en la gran fortaleza de entre las patas de la mesa. 
 El espejo está vacío de mí.

Dan Pagis



Encuentra lo que amas
y deja que te mate.

Charles Bukowsky


Soy seca, soy dura y soy cortante.
El amor me hará otra contigo, 
pero no podrá rehacerme del todo.

Gabriela Mistral.


Cuando te acaricié me di cuenta
que había vivido toda mi vida con las manos vacías. 

Alejandro Jodorowsky