Newly Discovered Poem of Fernando Pessoa’s Caeiro

I enjoy heaven because I don’t believe that it’s infinite.
With me there is no beginning or end.
I don’t believe in the infinite, I don’t believe in eternity.
I believe space starts somewhere and ends somewhere
And that this side and the other means absolutely nothing.
I believe time has a beginning and an end,
And that before and after this there wasn’t time.
Why should this be false? It’s false to believe in infinites
As if we knew it or it were something we could understand.
No: everything is an amount of things.
Everything is defined, everything is limited, everything is things.


Gosto do céu porque não creio que ele seja infinito.
Que pode ter comigo o que não começa nem acaba?
Não creio no infinito, não creio na eternidade.
Creio que o espaço começa algures e algures acaba
E que aquém e além disso há absolutamente nada.
Creio que o tempo teve um princípio e terá um fim,
E que antes e depois disso não havia tempo.
Por que há-de ser isto falso? Falso é falar de infinitos
Como se soubéssemos o que são ou os pudéssemos entender.
Não: tudo é uma quantidade de cousas.
Tudo é definido, tudo é limitado, tudo é cousas.


Fernando Pessoa (June 13, 1888 – November 30, 1935), was a Portuguese poet, writer, literary critic, translator, publisher and philosopher, described as one of the most significant literary figures of the 20th century and one of the greatest poets in the Portuguese languaage. This poem of the heteronym Caeiro was discovered penciled on the flyleaf of a book in Pessoa’s personal library. It probably dates from around 1920.

Richard Zenith first brought this new discovery to Michael Lee Rattigan’s attention on June 22, 2010, at the Bridewell Theatre, London. It was translated by Rattigan on August 20th 2010. (This translation has also been published by Rufus books in leaflet form).

Michael Lee Rattigan is a poet and translator based in Surrey England, his translation of Fernando Pessoa’s ‘Complete Poems of Alberto Caeiro’ was published by Rufus Books in 2007. 


About thefiendjournal

I was born in Blackpool, England and am currently based in Lancashire. Poems have been published in magazines in the U.K, Ireland, France, New Zealand, Canada, U.S.A and South Korea. A pamphlet; "MMV", was published in 2008. Hundreds of poems have been written in draft form, and multiple books are being planned and edited for future release. As well as editing 'The Fiend' I translate, paint and dabble in photography (images of which have occasionally been used here).
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3 Responses to Newly Discovered Poem of Fernando Pessoa’s Caeiro

  1. Pingback: Nieuw gedicht van Pessoa’s heteroniem Caeiro ontdekt « JJ Pollet

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  3. Could be the greatest read I have seen

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