No meio do caminho

Carlos Drummond de Andrade
(1902 - 1987)

No meio do caminho

No meio do caminho tinha uma pedra
tinha uma pedra no meio do caminho
tinha uma pedra
no meio do caminho tinha uma pedra.

Nunca me esquecerei desse acontecimento
na vida de minhas retinas tão fatigadas.
Nunca me esquecerei que no meio do caminho
tinha uma pedra
tinha uma pedra no meio do caminho
no meio do caminho tinha uma pedra.

In the middle of the road

In the middle of the road a stone was kept
a stone was kept in the middle of the road
a stone was kept
in the middle of the road, there was kept a stone.

I will never forget this event
in the life of my tired retinas.
I will never forget that in the middle of the road
a stone was kept
a stone was kept in the middle of the road
in the middle of the road, there was kept a stone.

 

I have encountered this stone in the middle of a path on top of Prospect Hill in Waltham, MA. It was immediately obvious that Carlos Drummond de Andrade, a preeminent Brazilian modernist, wrote his poem about this stone.