Disquiet

All love letters are
Ridiculous.
They wouldn’t be love letters if they weren’t
Ridiculous.

In my time I also wrote love letters
Equally, inevitably
Ridiculous.

Love letters, if there’s love,
Must be
Ridiculous.

But in fact
Only those who’ve never written
Love letters
Are
Ridiculous.

If only I could go back
To when I wrote love letters
Without thinking how
Ridiculous.

The truth is that today
My memories
Of those love letters
Are what is
Ridiculous.

(All more-than-three-syllable words,
Along with unaccountable feelings,
Are naturally
Ridiculous.)

Fernando Pessoa. last Pessoa poem found in Ranchi.

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