Books

PAULUZ
BODMER

DESERT
OF
IDEAS

Social
Meditations

2001



ÍNDICE

1. The Fountains
2. Anguish
3. Tomorrow
4. Flood
5. The Progress
6. Hurry
7. Dismissal
8. Social Mobility
9. Crumbs
10. Plantation
11. Isolation
12. Hugs
13. Race
14. Valorization
15. Rear
16. Captivity
17. Ascension
18. Study
19. Labour
20. Authority
21. Over-population
22. Begging
23. Fun
24. Fate
25. Fatuous
26. Robotics
27. Stab
28. Disillusionment
29. Apprehension
30. Guinea Pig
31. Judgment
32. Castaway
33. Running
34. Seasons
35. Pursuit
36. Voiceless
37. Paradise
38. Illusory
39. Power
40. Christmas
41. Escalation
42. Fallaciousness
43. Harvest
44. Quotation
45. Illumination
46. Spring
47. Existence
48. Disappointment
49. Fancies
50. Aspiration
51. Astronomy
52. Medium Class
53. Destiny
54. Vanitas Vanitatem
55. Utopians
56. Blossoming
57. Fraudulent
58. Burning
59. Salaries
60. Slippery
61. New Year
62. Stroll
63.Slaughter
64. Duration
65. Self Defense
66. Mutation
67. Investment
68. Fears
69. Country of the Magicians
70. Comparison
71. Carousel
72. Postponing
73. Regimen
74. Horse Race
75. Appraisal
76. Capitalism

1. THE FOUNTAINS

As theu were crossing
the bid desert,
they stopped at the oasis
and drank of their fountains.
But the desert
consisted of ideas,
and the fountains they found
were the ones of envy,
of money and of vanities.
They drank of this water
and got intoxicated.
In the oasis of life,
each day more
more deserts are found
and empty souls.

2. ANGUISH

They asked the echo
if life had a meaning
and it then replied:
there is no meaning, there is no meaning,
there is no meaning ...
One only searches the meaning
of life
those who are
with their senses disturbed ...
3. TOMORROW

Modernity.
Globalization.
Neoliberalism and so forth.
All means the same.
Blá, blá, blá,
Blá, blá, blá
Blá, blá, blá
Who believes in those things will get even.


4. FLOOD

There is no
Noah’s Ark
for the slummed
who are drawn
by the floods
together with their windows
and their dreams.
The strong rain,
when it comes through,
leaves a taste
of wet land
of blood
in the dawn dust ...

5. THE PROGRESS

They bought a machine
and fired
150 employees.
Afterwards they bought another one,
more modern,
and fired 500.
And the progress is it,
it does only thinks of profit.
You overreached yourself ...

6. HURRY

Time passes and leaves
us behind.
Although there are people
running against the time.
Who knows a little of life
knows that it is better
to be let go by time
as if you were in an
enchanted coach.
Running against time,
here is what I call
the fool’s marathon.
7. DISMISSAL

Nobody shoots
life saver buoys
for those who are shipwrecked
in this society!
Unemployment is an island.
You remain alone
and abandoned
in the middle of an ocean
of wild waves.

 

8. SOCIAL MOBILITY

The social pyramid
keeps on splaying.
Yesterday,
the dream of the poors
were to become rich
and some even reached their goal.
Nowadays, the poors
keep on dreaming
even knowing
that the poor does not become a rich person anymore.
Today, the social pyramid
even looks like a straight line.

9. CRUMBS

The die is cast:
for the majority of people there is
almost nothing left.
The marathon of capitalism
is always the same:
a gang of fools
running towards money
without reaching it.
10. PLANTATION

He hid several
golden coins
under the ground
and got surprised
that after 30 days
not a single flower had grown.
In the civilization of money
we see a lot of idiots
that have more coins in their brains
than encephalic mass.
11. ISOLATION

Many are
constructors of the emptiness:
they build walls
and barriers
not to let love
get inside.
Though, as
time goes by they discover
that in the human loneliness
no flowers grow,
except coloured thorns.
12. HUGS

The big Capitalist
Civilization
open its arms:
Billions of ravenous
and maladjusted
and no hope
at dawn...

13. RACE

The Fifth Cavalier
of the Apocalypse
is the profit
which handles
with invisible hands
the foolish
human marionettes
that live searching
towards it.
In this marathon
of greed and ambition
many fall
on the race track
when then they
are humiliated and kicked
by those who come after them.
14. VALORIZATION

People are deceived
as they think they are worthy.
In the society of classes
the market tells your value
which converts everyone
into merchandise.
15. REAR

The human being,
who looks favorably,
thinking that he is seeing
a lot of things,
actually,
he sees almost nothing.
Things happen
without your acknowledgment .
16. CAPTIVITY

In the world of business,
the businessmen’s tie
looks like a collar for dogs.
We scream for freedom
because we live
in an immense prison:
we do not even know
on which side of the jail we are.

17. ASCENSION

We are a
battle field
to arrive
at any
better place
in this society.
We are on
a war footing:
to climb
in this world
only humiliating
the remainders.
18. STUDY

The gardens are surrounded.
Iron jails
and furious dogs
look after them.
Those are the
gardens of knowledge
where each flower is a theory
cultivated by the elites.
One must break the fence
and extract from there
some seeds
to plant in life
and create new theories.
Without knowledge,
you are an empty soul.
19. LABOUR

The hands,
who plant,
are the same
who pick
for the owners
of the plantation.
Hands full
of land
and of blood,
your spring
is of spines...

20. AUTHORITY

Have you noticed that power
always speaks on behalf of the population?
Thus, the people is voiceless,
is always silenced.
Power is not eternal,
but it is enough to guarantee
the rest of the existence with a comfortable.
“The people gets overreached themselves”


21. OVER-POPULATION

They speak about economic growing
although we see
the growth of misery and of waste.
Everywhere, the excluded that
come closer to beg for alms
are increasing.
Little by little, the alms
get smaller.
And the rich, which are few,
waste enormously
diminishing the chances of survival
of the impoverished human being.
22. BEGGING

It was the sound of a saxophone
which came from a distant place
blown by the wind.
I came closer
till I saw a musician
playing in the corner of the block.
His hat was on the ground
and denunciated the drama:
each one asks for alms the way they know.
23. FUN

Galloping without a destiny,
many are escaping
restlessly.
They do not know their destiny,
though riding
on winged dreams,
the majority of them
tries to escape from reality.
The world in which they live
is an amusement park
where one needs to pay
to have fun.
Who is broken
can not even get in this park.

24. FATE

They have not learned
with King Midas’ history,
the one that whatever
he touched
turned into gold.
There are people that believe
that money
is more important
than life.

They think they can
suborn life
with money.


25. FATUOUS

The castle of lie
and of ambition,
which is up in the hills,
for everybody
shining with its coloured lamps
is sponsored by the
deceiving advertising.
Many get illuded
with the neon shines.
26. ROBOTICS

The alarm clock
rings and some people still
wake up saying they
will go to work.
The majority of those people who wake up will go to work for other people
They scarcely get to know
that they have become robots
and already are not
able to think.
27. STAB

If you are one of those
people who believes
that the words
mean something,
then, watch out,
because, depending
on the way they are expressed
thw words injury more
than the edge of the daggers.
28. DISILLUSIONMENT

For the middle class
the promised land
has many promises
and few lands.
In the country of
“whenever you plant you harvest”,
the majority of people does not have a
land to plant.
They wake up without knowing
if they are going to have lunch.

29. APPREHENSION

The human being
is an island surrounded
through all sides,
of laws and words.
As if it was not enough
they want to restrict
our frugal thoughts.
It happens that,
in the society of hypocrisy,
the concepts appear distorted;
For instance,
between the lie and the truth,
which one is the most interesting?
30. GUINEA PIG

In the name of science
millions of animals were killed
as guinea pigs.
Now,
in the name of the profit
men are testing
the limit of half of the population
starving to death.

 

31. JUDGMENT

Where is
Brazilian justice,
where is it?
In a 50 million
people’s country
of miserables
there is more hunger
than justice ...
In the world of poverty
and miserables,
the war has not gone through.
Whether it is day or night,
they pour it on
for a piece of bread.
In the world of rich,
while the riches get multiplied
the laws guarantee the enrichment.
Let alone laws, less justice ...

32. CASTAWAY

This society
is an ocean of problems
where the majority
fights to
remain dry.
They live the present monent,
thinking about the future,
when suddenly they find out,
that for the majority of the people
the future will only bring
more problems.

 


33. RUNNING

I am Downtown
and am doubtful
of what I am seeing:
people in great profusion running
like a mass of people milling about.

Whle the ants know
their way,
the majority of people
is here only surviving.

It is the marathon
of exploration.
To live is another thing.

34. SEASONS

On the season of life
the flowers wilt
in people’s heart.
The autumn fruits
are not for everybody.
We are still maturing.
The autumn of life
only arrives for a few people.

 

35. PURSUIT

In the gimming society,
each day that passes
it becomes harder to find
human steps on the ways.
The spoor, that we find,
are from wild animals
ready to attack.
Every body wants
to extort money from you,
getting on the bandwagon.

36. VOICELESS

In the society of ambition
there are a lot of circus
and little bread.
After asking for alms,
misery became voiceless.
That is why noone
listens anymore
to their cries of pain.

37. PARADISE

Paradise is here,
but only for some people.
The majority knows only hell
and the sadness of the soul.
In the “land of the palm trees
where the thrush Sabiá sings”
remains the paradise of lie
where truth does not get inside.

 

38. ILLUSORY

The ones who work for money
are deceived.

Speaking spiritually,
the more they work,
the poorer they get.

Poverty of spirit
is when you start to find
that to win money
and have no time to do anything
is considered as wisdom.

39. POWER

The governments are such like that,
they always speak on behalf of the population
who consists of you, myself and other millions of people,
who does not allow anyone
to speak on their behalf,
but do not let us participate in a single decision.
Government always speak on behalf of people but when it comes the time to make up their minds,
they end up against the population,
as they do not commit themselves with
the population.
40. CHRISTMAS

Gimme is the key word
of the wild capitalism;
here the fools gimme
and the smart make profit with it.

The time when Santa Claus
let the toys on the windows.
is over.

Nowadays they are the malls,
screaming uninterruptedly:
gits onfor those
who can afford it.


41. ESCALATION

In the society of classes
to succeed
one must get inside one’s self.
While the medium class
dreams awaken
the oligarchy sleeps quietly.

In the society of classes,
the medium class walks on the wire,
which remains stretched,
awaiting your steps...

42. FALLACIOUSNESS

The progress that they
speak about is more connected to the technology,
rather than to the employment,
which only exists
in the governamental advertising.

And technology is this,
you can watch two channels
at the same time
on the TV.
Progress without jobs
is double cheating.

43. HARVEST

In the autumn of life
we give bitter fruits,
which fall off and rot
at the edge of the road.
Life is a great illusion,
which plays a trick on everybody:
on the fools think they are
stepping on steady grounds.

44. QUOTATION

Here one can find two kinds
of cattle
in this society:
a fat ox,
which lives in the fields
eating grass
and quoted in a strong currency,
and the human ox,
who lives in the cities,
thin and hungry
and worthless.


45. ILLUMINATION

I knew a lot of people
who shone on several occasions.
I can even say that one could see
their shine.
But when the time of hard times arrived
the shine faded.
Thus we discovered
that they were neither stars
nor simple lightning bugs,
they only shone imitating someone,
as they did not have a light of their own.

46. SPRING

The more men try to explain
the world, the more the world
laugh of mankind.

We open the window
and get astonished
unable to do anything,
we see the time going by.

But little by little
we get out of the fantasy
and step onto reality,
which always has a door
waiting for us with a crown of flowers.

47. EXISTENCE

There comes the night and the stars
Watch our steps.
We are only questions
and no answer.

What is the meaning of life?
As time goes by
we become aware
that all signs
of the roads are false.

48. DISAPPOINTMENT

After spending their whole life
working for others,
waking UP with an alarm clock
And getting to sleep with a tranquilizer,

Thus having their life turned into
Solitude and tedium,
the medium class founds out
that to live is not
a gimme dream
but a coloured nightmare.


49. FANCIES

One is cheated thinking that
this society
will lead him somewhere!

All that is done has only one purpose:
feed the capital
and make you starve to death.

50. AMBITION

Each day is a false
slaughterhouse!
We get inside it
without becoming aware
that each moment we get extorted.
Still there are people
who think they are superior to others.
Oh, flame of vanity,
your silver smoke
is dissipated in the wind of illusion.
51. ASTRONOMY

Now they look at the stars
with potent telescopes
and the stars are more distant
than ever.

We cannot understand
the message
of the lights that shine in the space.

Abandoned in the universe,
our world began to appear slandered
of meaningless words.

52. MEDIUM CLASS

Straw bugaboo,
with streched arms,
motionless,
hopeful,
we are also like this
the great herd of cattle,
waiting for the dawn.

53. FUTURE

I hear people
speak about the future
and I realize that they
know nothing about time.
How long?
– Nobody knows.
We exist
though we do not mean anything.
54. VANITAS VANITATEM

Those who spend their whole lives
full of vanity,
do everything,
to be admired
by their couples.
However one day,
unexpectedly
they learn that every cocky
is a puppet marionette
self manipulated.
55. UTOPISTS

We are nothing more than that:
animals which dream,
and one day wake up to reality.
Our wings of illusion,
blown by the winds,
are taken by the waves
and thrown at the cliffs.
A soft melody
follows this movement.
56. BLOSSOMING

The flowers bouquet
hides more than what it says.
Fflower makes men
chase women
they have several names
and several colours.
The smell of these flowers
is the one that makes the difference:
roses parfum, of orchids
and of hidden money...


57. FRAUDULENT

In the sea of life,
do not get misunderstood
with the music of the waves
and the song of the mermaids.
For the experienced man,
this song is a trap.
But the fools keep on
joining the party.
58. BURNING

All truths
are kept
by dragons
which spits fire
through their noses.
That is why
people
are afraid
of coming too close to the truths.
59. SALÁRIES

Throughout the world
the wages are squelched.
Here in this little land
people fight for the
minimum wage
which must be slightly higher
or slightly lower.
Homeric discussions
regarding this issue,
on one side the human misery
and on the other side the poverty of spirit!
People say that this miserable wage increases the economy’s costs...
60. SLIPPERY

Blown by the wind,
she dances and twirls...
Blown by the wind
she flies on the wings
of fantasy.
As a result of it
life goes by
as a coloured soap bubble ...

61. NEW YEAR

The New Year spectacle
lasts only one night
one night is nothing.
likewise a year that is over
in a blink of the eyes.
But when one
opens his eyes will see
that the bills arrive uninterruptdely
One after the other,
the bills now
come increased in value.

The New Year come, new debts ,
here is the drama of the medium class.

62. STROLL

Truth is around many places.
Lie is direct
and reaches its goal.

However people like to wander
about places where truth is.

63. SLAUGHTER

It was an odd butchery,
instead of meat,
human souls were sold.
In the Christian civilization
of the profit
the human soul
is cheaper
than the ox meat.

 

64. DURATION

We are part of the night,
not as stars blinking,
but as simple glow worms
taken by the winds.
The light inside ourselves
hardly illuminates
our way.

Life is too short.
We only live a few minutes
but it cheat on us
telling us that we live for years.


65. SELF DEFENSE

If you sing
a peaceful song
get ready,
as the song of the streets
is of war.
If you are one of those
that spread
“Love one another”
watch out,
because on the streets
the order now is:
“Get armed”.
66. MUTATION

Metamorphosis means not only
the one of the bollworm
which turns into a butterfly,
but of men
who depending on the circumstances
becomes an animal,
fox, small scorpion,
wild dog
and so forth.

 

67. INVESTMENT

In this life
only the fools
struggle with their jobs
to save money
on their banking accounts.
They have not learned
that dying full of money
in a bank account
is the most stupid thing.
Money at the bank
is poverty of spirit
and the road of the fools.
68. FEARS

The Medium Class
is afraid;
the checks have no funds
and the dreams are more far away.
The population
fears
not the night with stars
but the dawn
of debts.

 


69. COUNTRY OF THE MAGICIANS

At the theatre stage,
the magician does everything
to show the rabbit
getting out of the top hat.
In the stage of life,
the government does everything
to hide its acts.
70. COMPARISON

Compared with other animals
the human being is a monster.

While animals kills to
become satisfied
men kill
for the sake of money
and even for the same of some coins.
Men kill other animals
as well as other human beings.
And some people at that
say we are rational.

71. CAROUSEL

People say
that opportunity makes thief.
As this is a surrealist country
they try to finish with the opportunity
leaving the thiefs behind.
Except that,
unexpectedly
a new opportunity arrives
and the thieves attack again.
72. POSTPONING

Here the mills of God
grind slowly.
But you must be lucky to live a long life
and attain something.

Here the mills of God
grind so slowly that when
it arrives it is too late .


73. REGIMEN

In the surrealism country
they say that economy is developing
and millions of jobs have been created.
Though, everybody knows
that the Brazilian economy
generates social exclusion.

In the country where everything grows,
mainly misery grows
in a deranged rhythm.

74. HORSE RACE

Lie is
the plant that grows
anywhere.
Truth is
difficult to plant.
In the society
in which we live,
truth comes quickly
but lie is
the Cavalier.
75. APPRAISAL

They say and repeat
in English that
“time is money”
and a pack of fools,
who dream awaken
with silver rains,
believes on that.
Time is only money
for the large global machine
which manufactures profit.
For us, time is life,
And this is all we have;
selling,
for those who sell their time
life is worthless.
76. CAPITALISM

Here your dream is free
but you will,
pay a high price.
If you want
to make
your dream become
true.

 

       

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