wordpainting

un-renard-pensif asked:

Hey wordpainting, just a quick word: the poem that you posted, "to die slowly," is actually not the work of Neruda, despite widespread internet attribution to him. It's the work of Brazilian writer Martha Medeiros.

wordpainting answered:

After you sent me this message I checked around and sure enough the poem is actually written by Martha Medeiros. Thank you for pointing that out. To set things straight, below is her poem (not Pablo Neruda’s) A poem: Die slowly by Martha Medeiros

He who becomes the slave of habit,
who follows the same routines every day,
who never changes brand,
who does not risk and change the color of his clothes,
who does not talk to people he doesn’t know
dies slowly.


He who makes television his guru
dies slowly.


He or she who shuns passion,
who prefers black on white,
and the dots on the “i” to a whirlpool of emotions,
precisely those that recover the gleam of the eyes,
smiles from the yawns,
hearts from the stumbling and feelings
dies slowly.

He or she who does not turn things topsy-turvy,
who is unhappy at work,
who does not risk certainty for uncertainty,
to thus follow a dream,
those who do not forego sound advice at least once in their lives,
die slowly.

He who does not travel,
who does not read,
who can not hear music,
who does not find grace in himself,
dies slowly.

He who slowly destroys his self love,
who does not allow himself to be helped,
who spends days on end complaining about his own bad luck,
about the rain that never stops,
dies slowly.

He or she who abandon a project before starting it,
who fail to ask questions on subjects he doesn’t know,
he or she who don’t reply when they are asked something they do know,
die slowly.

Let’s avoid death in small doses,
reminding oneself that being alive requires an effort far greater than the simple fact of breathing.

Only a burning patience will lead
to the attainment of a splendid happiness.

wordpainting

un-renard-pensif asked:

Hey wordpainting, just a quick word: the poem that you posted, "to die slowly," is actually not the work of Neruda, despite widespread internet attribution to him. It's the work of Brazilian writer Martha Medeiros.

wordpainting answered:

After you sent me this message I checked around and sure enough the poem is actually written by Martha Medeiros. Thank you for pointing that out. To set things straight, below is her poem (not Pablo Neruda’s) A poem: Die slowly by Martha Medeiros

He who becomes the slave of habit,
who follows the same routines every day,
who never changes brand,
who does not risk and change the color of his clothes,
who does not talk to people he doesn’t know
dies slowly.


He who makes television his guru
dies slowly.


He or she who shuns passion,
who prefers black on white,
and the dots on the “i” to a whirlpool of emotions,
precisely those that recover the gleam of the eyes,
smiles from the yawns,
hearts from the stumbling and feelings
dies slowly.

He or she who does not turn things topsy-turvy,
who is unhappy at work,
who does not risk certainty for uncertainty,
to thus follow a dream,
those who do not forego sound advice at least once in their lives,
die slowly.

He who does not travel,
who does not read,
who can not hear music,
who does not find grace in himself,
dies slowly.

He who slowly destroys his self love,
who does not allow himself to be helped,
who spends days on end complaining about his own bad luck,
about the rain that never stops,
dies slowly.

He or she who abandon a project before starting it,
who fail to ask questions on subjects he doesn’t know,
he or she who don’t reply when they are asked something they do know,
die slowly.

Let’s avoid death in small doses,
reminding oneself that being alive requires an effort far greater than the simple fact of breathing.

Only a burning patience will lead
to the attainment of a splendid happiness.

mymodernmet

mymodernmet:

For Sacha Kalis, the ocean has always been her first home. Born and raised in the Bahamas, Sacha learned to swim before she could even walk. Her mother—underwater art photographer Elena Kalis—encouraged her natural affinity for the world beneath the waves, capturing ethereal portraits of Sacha swimming gracefully underwater.