2. mai 2009

Veien til Ithaka

Jeg leste følgende dikt som introduksjon til en av mine yndlingsbøker, av Paulo Coelho; en av mine yndlingsforfattere.


When you set out on your journey to Ithaca,

pray that the road is long,

full of adventure, full of knowledge.

The Lestrygonians and the Cyclops,

the angry Poseidon -- do not fear them:

You will never find such as these on your path,

if your thoughts remain lofty, if a fine

emotion touches your spirit and your body.

The Lestrygonians and the Cyclops,

the fierce Poseidon you will never encounter,

if you do not carry them within your soul,

if your soul does not set them up before you.

Pray that the road is long.

That the summer mornings are many, when,

with such pleasure, with such joy

you will enter ports seen for the first time;

stop at Phoenician markets,

and purchase fine merchandise,

mother-of-pearl and coral, amber and ebony,

and sensual perfumes of all kinds,

as many sensual perfumes as you can;

visit many Egyptian cities,

to learn and learn from scholars.

Always keep Ithaca in your mind.

To arrive there is your ultimate goal.

But do not hurry the voyage at all.

It is better to let it last for many years;

and to anchor at the island when you are old,

rich with all you have gained on the way,

not expecting that Ithaca will offer you riches.

Ithaca has given you the beautiful voyage.

Without her you would have never set out on the road.

She has nothing more to give you.

And if you find her poor, Ithaca has not deceived you.

Wise as you have become, with so much experience,

you must already have understood what Ithacas mean.

Constantine P. Cavafy(1911)

For målet er meningsløst uten veien til målet.

7 kommentarer:

  1. HEeiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!
    Wow du har jo skrevet mye siden jeg var her sist. Kult!! Kort hår sier du!! Ser det ikke så godt på bildet. Jeg har rettet håret mitt ut og er veldig fornøyd. Du er kul. Bloggen din er veldig lett å lese. Bra. You are lovely.

  2. Det er fordi blogging er Qli! Har det mye gøy med det :)

    YOU are lovely!

  3. Weee! Nå vil jeg lese den boka! Har lest en del andre av han, og elsker de. Takk for god anbefaling!!=)

  4. Absolutt anbefalt, jeg kan ikke vente med å lese alt annet han har... Hva med Alkymisten, har du lest den? Fantastisk bok :)

  5. Det var den første jeg leste, ELSKER den!! Du burde også lese Veronika decides to die og 11 Minutes. Braaa!!

  6. Veronica decides to die har jeg lest, og jeg anbefaler den til ALLE. Nå gleder jeg meg til 11 minutes!

  7. Det burde du! Coelho må med til England vaffal. Yeah!=)