Listen to ‘Pleasure of Living’, a poem by Montserrat Abelló

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This year we celebrate the life and work of poet Montserrat Abelló (#AnyMontserratAbello). Over the next months some of her poems will appear on this blog, beginning with an audio of ‘Pleasure of Living’, where you can hear the poet herself. In these verses she describes the joy of being alive, one of her main themes. Enjoy the poem!

Plaer de viure

Plaer de viure, d’estar
asseguda i contemplar
com cau la tarda.

Tarda d’un gris lluminós
ara que el dia s’allarga.
I ser feliç com Epicur

amb el poc que vull
al meu abast.
I, en no esperar

ja res d’un més enllà,
no tenir por de la vida
ni de la mort.

Pleasure of Living

Pleasure of living
To be seated gazing
at the fading afternoon

Today in a glittering grey
now that days become longer.
And to feel happy as Epicurus

with the few things I want
at arm’s reach.
And in not expecting

anything from an everafter,
not to be afraid of life
or death.

From: Memòria de tu i de mi
València: Edicions de la Guerra, 2006
Audio production: Institut Ramon Llull

For more videos and audios of poets and their work, go to Lyrikline.

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