Unhopeme – a bilingual litany and poem by Mario S. Mieli

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Unhopeme – a bilingual litany and poem by Mario Mieli

He cherished the hope of building an invisible tower in the mountain.

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He cherished the hope of fishing a piece of dark wood out of the river and of calling it a Saint.

FORAM ME CHAMAR. EU ESTOU AQUI. QUE É QUE HÁ?

He cherished the hope of feeling the claim of the Absolute in everything he did.

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He cherished the hope of speeding his chase to nowhere.

QUEM TE VIU E QUEM TV?

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He cherished the hope of not taking the following morning sun for granted.

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He cherished the hope of feeling the whole forest through the few seeds he was holding in his hands.

QUEM TE DESVENDA E QUEM TE DIZ VENDE?

He cherished the hope of being immune to the thousand marketing images he was exposed to every day.

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He cherished the hope of Krishnamurti’s ‘freedom from the desire for an answer’ as essential in the ‘understanding of a problem’.

QUEM DIZ DEVOTOS E QUEM DIZ DÊ VOTOS?

He cherished the hope of not having any goal, any purpose.

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He cherished the hope of collecting every hope abandoned by those who entered.

QUEM TE DIS-PUTA E QUEM TE COM-PUTA?

He cherished the hope of disdaining all those who internalize the current power structure.
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He cherished the hope of redeeming all the points and hopes from his Present and Previous Life’s Miles Program.

QUEM SÃO TEUS COMPULSIVOS REPULSIVOS?

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He cherished the hope of steering clear of the kind of hope as claimed by the market.

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He cherished the hope of giving up hope.

OH MANTEEIRA, MANTREEIRA, MADROEIRA
EM QUE MANTA SEGREDAS TEU MANTRA?

He cherished the hope of not having any hope at all.

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written for Regina Vater’s 1999 Texas installation.

 

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