José de Sousa Saramago
1922 – 2010
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXEste mundo não presta, venha outro.
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXJá por tempo de mais aqui andamos
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXA fingir de razões suficientes.
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXSejamos cães do cão: sabemos tudo
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXDe morder os mais fracos se mandamos,
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXE de lamber as mãos, se dependentes.
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXThis world doesn’t give, come another.
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXAlready now we’ve walked here for too long
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXPretending at reason.
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXLet us be the most dog of dogs: we know all
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXAbout biting the weak when in power,
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXAbout licking the hands of the powerful.
The portrait above is by Molossus Art Director Geoff Gossett. The poem is from Saramago’s 1966 collection Os Poemas Possíveis [The Possible Poems], and the English below is my own loose version of the Portuguese original.