Don’t Save Yourself (MARIO BENEDETTI)

Don’t Save Yourself (MARIO BENEDETTI)

Don’t stay motionless
by the side of the road,
don’t suspend joy
or love halfheartedly
don’t save yourself
now
or ever.
don’t save yourself.
don’t fill yourself
with calm.
don’t reserve a still corner in this world
don’t let your eyelids droop heavy
like judgements
don’t forsake your lips
don’t go to sleep
without heavy eyes,
don’t consider yourself bloodless
Don’t judge yourself
without time.

But if,
despite it all,
you can’t help it
and you suspend joy
and you love halfheartedly
and you save yourself,
and you become calm,
reserve a still corner in the world
let your eyelids droop heavy as judgements
and remain without lips
and sleep without cause,
imagine yourself bloodless,
judge yourself in haste and
Stay motionless by the side of the road

and you save yourself

then

Do not stay with me.

 

 

 

Mario Benedetti



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