Guardar o rio

One really nice thing about lisbon is the nature of her graffiti. Most places in the world the graffiti say something like


but here it's mostly... poetry. On my walk yesterday I saw a poem by pablo neruda and this morning this --

(I'm quoting from memory, I have no Portuguese grammar, and my computer refuses to type Portuguese diacriticals, so this is probably jumbled up in more ways than one, but still I am sure you will be able to figure out and correct the mistakes and will still get it:)

It graces a wall overlooking the river and it says

e tao dificil guardar o rio
cuando il corre dentro de nos

And you turn your gaze towards the river and you think to yourself:

E verdad.


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