I am tired, that is clear,
Because, at certain stage, people have to be tired.
Of what I am tired, I don’t know:
It would not serve me at all to know
Since the tiredness stays just the same.
The wound hurts as it hurts
And not in function of the cause that produced it.
Yes, I am tired,
And ever so slightly smiling
At the tiredness being only this –
In the body a wish for sleep,
In the soul a desire for not thinking
And, to crown all, a luminous transparency
Of the retrospective understanding …
And the one luxury of not now having hopes?
I am intelligent: that’s all.
I have seen much and understood much of what I
And there is a certain pleasure even in tiredness
this brings us,
That in the end the head does still serve for
(Fernando Pessoa, 24.06.1935)
‘Selected Poems’ translated from Fernando Pessoa by J.Griffin.