The Battle/A Batalha//1958-1978

About The Battle/ Written: 1997

Period Covered: 1958 - 1978

About “The Battle”

 Rev. Jan 2013

         This poem was a sudden inspiration in which I made a close up of my emotional life, as it stood at the time when I wrote the poem, the year of 2000, which I spent mostly in Brazil.

         My present husband Roberto in this poem it is referred to as “first love”. He had not yet come back into my life, and I had no idea then that fate would make us meet again.

            In the last stanzas I refer to someone whom I mention also in the odyssey, Life’s Trail, as “The Angel”. Jo was an Englishman whom I met at university in Boston.  He was one of the loveliest people that I ever had the pleasure of meeting and he changed my life completely, and forever.

        I dedicate this poem to the memory of Jo, my Angel.  At the time when he was part of my life, I was too young, and too silly, to have fully appreciated him. 

      ALP Gouthier

Sobre a Batalha/Escrito: 1997

Roberto Gouthier, 1959

 


Periodo da Historia: 1958 - 1978 

Sobre “A Batalha”

Rev. Fev 2013\AG\Ev

             Este poema foi uma inspiração repentina, no qual eu concentrei na historia da minha vida emocional, considerada do ponto de vista da época em que eu escrevi esse poema, o ano de 2000, o qual eu passei na sua maior parte, no Brasil.

           No poema eu me refiro ao meu marido de agora Roberto como “primeiro amor”. Ele não havia ainda voltado a minha vida, e eu não tinha nenhuma ideia que o destino nos faria encontrar outra vez.

            Nas ultimas estrofes eu refiro a alguém que menciono também na minha odisseia, Trilha da Vida, como “O Anjo”. O  Jo foi um inglês que conheci na universidade de Boston. Ele foi uma das pessoas mais incríveis que eu já tive o prazer de conhecer, e que mudou minha vida completamente, e para sempre.

         Eu dedico esse poema à memoria de Jo, o meu Anjo. Na época em que ele foi parte de minha vida, eu era jovem demais e idiota demais para tê-lo completamente apreciado.

 ALP Gouthier

                         

Poem: The Battle

"Jo", Joseph Martinez, 1965

The Battle

Ver. April 2013/AG/Metre-10/MW/

12 Stanzas

 

1-Voices at youth had said: of love beware.

It’s sure to be no more than slavery’s snare!

She took such fright and armed herself to fight,

And thus prepared she walked the path of life.

 

2-Male-beasts mean to enslave their female prey,

Who lose their will, find love is a charade.

Escape and save yourself! Be always strong!

And never trust love’s trap not meant to last.

 

3-Her young first love with smiling light blue eyes;

So sweet she feared to love for she'd been warned.

She told him she must go and be alone,

To travel, to be gone, she knew not why.

 

4-She so long missed him yet could not return,

For he was lost as she, slave of her spell,

Her path was planned for worlds in distant lands,

Never to trust emotions that could harm.

 

5-One day an angel tried to guide her path,

He said, come live with me and be happy;

Oh no! I must forgo, cannot do so,

She struggled for she was in love with him.

 

6-As days passed on he fought without success

Her fears had turned to hate, made her a beast,

One human lost to demons - fallen grace,

Her angel shunned his mission in disgrace.

 

7-In gold and black, her plumage for the fight

With mighty beasts – was all that she could find,

That’s all she thought that life could be, naught else,

To battle, to be strong was to survive.

 

8-Years passed in repetition of this theme

Till tired of fighting foes and fiends she thought,

I’ll end my life a spectre with no dream!

Fulfilled, for love is for the weak, not me!

 

9-Sometimes she feared the beast she had become, 

Grown great and full of hate and misery,

Was this now all that she could know or see -

A beast, or slave to fate, no longer free?

 

10-Her fear had made her lose humanity,

So blindly fighting love with hate was she.

There was no other way her choice was made,

Her course set, love forgone her destiny.

 

11-A voice then said: your lot has been your choice!

Accept your guilt! You chose the road to hell!

Through fear of slavery you gave up love,

Avoiding fate you thought you could not face.

 

12- I want now to exist, no love, no hate,

Beg peace in solitude, unseen, unheard;

Leave feelings just to those who will chance hurt

That path is fraught with risks I will not take.

 © ALP Gouthier, 1999 

Poema: A Batalha

Elias Mavroleon, 1975

A Batalha

Ver. Abr2013/AG:Metre10/

12 Estrofes

 

1-Na infância disseram ser amor

Farsa p’ra mulheres aprisionar.

Prepara-se por sorte então temer

E segue para vida enfrentar

 

2-Homens aprisionam suas prendas,

E elas têm-se que escravizar.

Escape, nunca deve confiar,

Cuidado, amor não pode durar.

 

3-Ainda jovem encontrou amor,

Olhos azuis, sorriso a brilhar.

Temia ela aviso ouviu,

Disse a ele não podia ser.

 

4-Ela o perdeu e se perdeu; já ;

Escrava do seu pensar. Traçado

Seu caminho, terras a desbravar,

Vagar e emoções não confiar.

 

5-Um dia anjo veio salva-la,

Venha comigo e serás feliz.

Não posso, disse ela! Sozinha

Quero ser; lutou contra o amor.

 

6-Ele batalhou mas sem sucesso;

O medo e ódio fez-lhe fera;

Humana desce entre demônios.

Banido o anjo perde missão.

 

7-Trajando ouro- negro, plumas do

Guerrear com feras poderosas.

Vida passou, nada encontrou, só

Batalhas e lutar para viver.

 

 8-Anos seguiram o mesmo tema,

Um dia sentiu-se tão cansada,

Não quero arriscar, terei vida

Sem sonhar; amor é para fracos.

 

9-Temia ela fera que tornou:

Era bela, forte; triste sorte;

Sempre lutar, tempo a passar.

Fera ou escrava do destino?

 

10-Pelo medo, pouco humana foi,

E cega contra o amor lutou;     

Não viu outro caminho, só seguiu

A trilha sem amor por escolha .

 

11-Voz disse seu destino escolheu;

Culpa aceito, optei pelo

Inferno. Medo fez-me o amor

Deixar. Prefiro essa escolha.

 

12-Tudo que quero, só existir sem

Emoções e a paz da solidão.

Amor é para quem não teme mais

Machucar. Escolho não arriscar.

© ALP Gouthier, 1999


 

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