I HAVE LIVED MY YEARS
I've lived my years so absorbed
thinking without thinking, as in a dream,
that I was never the owner of my life,
command to live I only bear.
I tranquilize my being and comfort it
waiting for the end of a long dream:
to know once why this eagerness
to live and live. I exhort God
to reveal to me the good of this mystery.
I spent my years without knowing the when,
nor the how, nor the object of life;
and in my dream I am serious,
seeing that I have lived only loving,
perchance by loving, life finds its reason.
Translation by John R. Kelly and www.poesi.as
First stanza translated by www.poesi.as. Second, third and forth by John R. Kelly.