To be Great, be Whole

Super Moon

 

a poem by Fernando Pessoa

To be great, be whole: don’t exaggerate
Or leave out any part of you.
Be complete in each thing. Put all you are
Into the least of your acts.
So too in each lake, with it’s lofty life,
The whole moon shines.

14 February 1933. Translated from the Portuguese by Richard Zenith