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dare you dying slowly? by shopmathematics
September 7, 2008, 6:31 pm
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He dies slowly,
who does not travel,
who does not read,
who does not listen to music,
who does not find grace in himself.

He dies slowly
who destroys his self-esteem,
who does not let others help him.

He dies slowly
who transforms himself into a slave of habit,
repeating every day the same course,
who does not change mark,
does not dare to change the colour of his clothes
or does not talk with persons he does not know.

He dies slowly,
who avoids passion and its turmoil of emotions,
just those that bring bright to the eyes
and restore destroyed hearts.

He dies slowly,
who does not turn the page
when he is unhappy with his work, or his love,
who does not risk the certain or the uncertain
to go beyond a dream,
who does not afford, even once in his life,
fleeing from sensible advice.

Live today!
Risk today!
Do it today!
Don`t let yourself die slowly!
Don`t prevent yourself from being happy!

Pablo Neruda

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This is an edited version of the original poem. I am very glad that I have found this as it is very inspiring, but please have a look at other versions. Google it. There are many differnet translations of this poem.

Comment by Alan Mackenzie




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