CESARE PAVESE – DEATH WILL COME AND WILL HAVE YOUR EYES (poem) ENG

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Cesare Pavese

 

Death will come

and will have your eyes

 

 

Cesare Pavese‘s “Death will come and will have your eyes” was among the poems found in his desk after his suicide. Considering the circumstances, it’s strikingly haunting.

 

 

Death will come

and will have your eyes

 

 

 

 

Death will come and will have your eyes 

this death that accompanies us

from morning till evening, unsleeping,

deaf, like an old remorse

or an absurd vice.

 

 

Your eyes

will be a useless word,

a suppressed cry, a silence.

That’s what you see each morning

when alone with yourself you lean

toward the mirror.

 

O precious hope,

that day we too will know

that you are life and you are nothingness.

Death has a look for everyone.

 

Death will come and will have your eyes.

It will be like renouncing a vice,

like seeing a dead face reappear in the mirror,

like listening to a lip that’s shut.

We’ll go down into the maelstrom

mute.

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Cesare Pavese – Death will come and will have your eyes

(Translated by Geoffrey Brock)

 

 

Cesare Pavese

 

Cesare Pavese (1908-1950), a poet, novelist and critic, was a major Italian author of the 20th Century.

 

 

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