Books

PAULUZ
BODMER

STOP
AND
THINK


POETIC
MEDITATIONS

1980

PRELUDE


We found in the author’s pages, the reflex of his creative inside, in an onslaught of feeling and doctrine when he spreads the meaning of his message.

We feel, without favour, a constant way of seeing the phenomena by the conciliation of the reality with the inspirer, of the good with the magical representation and, inside certain semantic statements, establish a form of writing and evidencing.

I believe we can say that both the writer and his work climb the steps of those who think wisely.

Carlos A . N. Cosenza


INDEX
Party..................
Fire ...................
Dialectic.............
Melody...............
Philosophy..........
Marathon............
Contemplation.....
Rendezvous........
Eclipse...............
Romance............
Traces................
Spring................
Simplicity...........
Harmony............
Essence.............
Wealth...............
Prize..................
Of June..............
Sieve..................
Pride..................
Kindness............
Instinc................
Escape...............
Jail..................... Direction............
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09
10
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12
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14
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18
19
20
21
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   Period.................
Charm.................
Storm..................
Ostentation..........
Alliance...............
Synthesis............
Astronomy...........
Reward................
Pause.................
Elevation..............
Loneliness...........
Flush...................
Show...................
Illusion.................
Message..............
Sentence.............
Promotion............
Preference...........
Transformation.....
Presumption........
Conversation........
Serpentine...........
Virtue..................
Abandonment.......
Tourism...............
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41
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43
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46
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    Enrichment........
Fate..................
Incoherence.......
Journey.............
Mixture.............
Turnover............
Inspiration.........
Luck.................
Puppet..............
Subtileness.......
Life...................
Tuning..............
Improvement......
Maturation.........
Dream..............
Adornment........
Inverse..............
Variation...........
Mirage..............
Appearance......
Sharing.............
Fruition.............
Burden..............
Blossom...........
Confidence........

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60
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66
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   Vigilance............
Option................
Serenity.............
Prophecy...........
Promise.............
Sense................
Poetry................
Dimension..........
Resistance.........
Shipwreck..........
Choice...............
Property.............
Advice ...............
Lack..................
Progress............
Contrast.............
Debate...............
Victory...............
Excuse..............
Fragrance...........
Message............
Vision................
Twirl...................
Evaluation..........
Meditation..........
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Message

I will live in this world only once.

Thus, all the good actions that I can practice and all the kindnesses that I can dispense to any human being, I can take this opportunity to make it.

I should not forget them, because I will not come back through this way again.

ORIENTAL WISDOM

01) PARTY

The ball starts and all of them start dancing.

After some time one discovers that few are the ones that have their own rhythm.

The majority of people spend their whole lives dancing according to the music.

02) FIRE

If the circus of your life sets on fire, do not run soon looking for guilties, especially because you can be one of them.

In any life bonfire, first wipe out the flames.

03) DIALECTIC

Through all the places that you walk,
through all the ways that you wander
you will always see
majority
and a minority


04) MELODY

Saved money and bought the best violin that existed in the market.

When they asked him to play it was frustrating.

He found that the problem was not his, but of the instrument.

He spent a lot of time to understand that having a violin only is not sufficient.

The music is missing, and only few have this music in their hearts.

05) PHILOSOPHY

They meditate, night in, night out on things that are close, but cannot touch them and even formulate, accurately, the concepts involved in this meditation.

They talk and do not transmit anything. There are no messages. As till today they were not able to find anything, they gave up searching.

But they look straightforward with their heads raised. Thus, full of vanity, pass by their lives contemplating the emptiness.

06) MARATHON

The men are dived into life’s great competition.

Each one searches to be the fastest and to leave others behind.

But few arrive at their final goal, as they do not have so much force to enjoy the victory laurels.

And, while they run, they forget to live.

07) CONTEMPLATION

The ones that ascend in life

think they see better from the top.

But not; from the top

they lose sight of the world.


08) RENDEZVOUS

Most people who cross your way, generally, leave nothing to be reminded.

It seems that one of the human being functions is to pass in vain through others lives.

Thus, some arrive, others depart and in this seesaw that does not finish, people are always searching one another.

And what is interesting, the more they search, the less they find.

09) ECLIPSE

Do not illude yourself when you are told

That everything is nothing but a simple dusk.

The human darkness generally takes a lot of time

todawn.

10) ROMANCE

Some love life, others are books lovers and flowers.

They say that it is good to love someone, some idea or simply a certain thing.

All of them look happy when their love is repaid.

But it is full of people loving themselves more than anyone else.

11) TRACES

In life, there are several ways to follow.

However, many lose themselves and arrive nowhere.

Others, without even having a place to go, open breaches, find shortcuts and understand that from any point it is possible to restart their walk.

They discover that life highways are inside us.


12) SPRING

Life source gushes to all.

Few are the ones that go to drink one wisdom drop.

Most just stretches their mug hoping that inside it gold coins are caught.

13) SIMPLICITY

For the time being you are a person

like any other one.

One day, perhaps, you will be good and human.

May be this day will take a lot of time to arrive,

or who knows,it does not end up shining.

14) HARMONY

Many times I heard that peace comes after war.

They said that guns are manufactured to guarantee peace.

However, the peace that comes after war is a deathly and destructive silence.

For me, said the Wiseman , the peace is what comes before the conflict; The one that does everything to avoid war.

15) ESSENCE

Today I awoke with the singing of the birds, that, thirsty of love, greet the arrival of Spring.

To commemorate the arrival of my sweetheart I carry a flower caught in the square’s garden.

However, it is the perfume of my sweetheart not the flower’s aroma that makes me feel spring.


16) WEALTH

One day, finally,

The dreamt moment:

He turned into a millionaire.

Except that his wealth

was a little different
from the ones he already knew.

He measured his greatness

through what he scorned and

Not through his belongings

17) PRIZE

Everyone has his own speed and rhythm.

Life highways seem like a race track.

The animals, frightened, run away from in a crazy stampede and do not find peace in their way.

The men who run after money get lost in the emptiness.

18) OF JUNE

Conscious of

Their limitations,

There are people

who want to be

Like the fireworks

of artifice;

And shine,

At least,

for a while.

19) SIEVE

Many people dream of starting life from the top

Reality shows that most people

start from underneath and also remains there.

A minority of people stay on the top and they rotate from time to time.


20) PRIDE

Some walk without perceiving

the place they are putting their feet

They look ahead with their heads raised
and see only their ambitions.

They contemplate the world with

arrogance and forget about

humbleness.

However, a little stone is enough
to make them stumble and fall

21) KINDNESS

Practicing a good action magnifies

everyone.


But a good action yet is not

a guarantee for peace in one’s heart.


Some already regretted of the
good actions already practiced.


But this is not a reason for not practicing it.

22) INSTINCT

“I will be waiting for you” – said the

Tree to the man who passed.

But he did not hear and continued his way

He is not aware that he is each time more deaf to the love declarations of the

Nature.

23) ESCAPE

Do not let yourself

get deceived by the

beauty of the way.

Many of those who entered there only far

discovered

That was a lane

Without exit.


24) JAIL

There are the ones that think they are free simply because they are outside of the bars.

They ignore that this end can also be an immense prison.

They live inside it without realizing that they are prisoners.

And do not understand when others write, in the city walls, the word freedom.

25) DIRECTION

Nobody knows where to life goes.

Many of those pass searching life’s meaning.

Others think that life has no meaning.

Few remind that we are the ones that give meaning to life.


26) PERIOD

There are people that believe that

Tomorrow a new year will start in their lives.

With the fireworks bustle

announcing the New Year it is

nothing but an ordinary year,

In which many are going to pass searching for

Happiness.

For the great majority of people, the new year

Only happens in the calendar.

27) CHARM

Happiness is

The result

Of a series

Of factors

That match themselves.

However,

Many roam

through the world

Searching for happiness

As if it was

a lost object.


28) STORM

The boat of life, swaying in the waves, looks defenseless, the approaching storm.

For most that navigate by the life seas, beach is distant.

Only the strong will arrive up there to dream in the sand.

29) OSTENTATION

Vanity follows its path
Treading
people
That is
In its way.

But as it only sees
itself
instead of seeing where it walks
It will surely finish
In a trap.

30) ALLIANCE

The flowers united and built a garden.

Waters joined and formed a river.

The trees united and made a forest.

The men joined and formed a community.

After the community grew, it plucked the flowers, polluted the rivers and threw down the trees.

31) SYNTHESIS

Those who leave in the search for truth or

lie, for ugly or beautiful, for right

Or wrong, and for many other things

more, have to search for them in the world

Of men, because they were the ones that invented these concepts.

You will not find anything in nature,

which scorns these things and guides itself

by harmony.


32) ASTRONOMY

For centuries one thought, that the

World rotated around the Earth.

Today one knows, that the Earth is a grain

of sand in the universe.

However, there are people who think

That the world spins around them.

33) REWARD

The tree gives

To the man

The flower

That enchants,

The fruit

That feeds

And the shadow

That softens.

Lots of men give,

On the tree,

An axe beat.

34) PAUSE

Walker, it is good that you stop from

Time to time, not only to rest and calm your thirst but

Also to build something

good in your way.

Walker, if you do not do so,
you will be like many others that

passed in vain by life highways.

35) ELEVATION

Everything that goes up, goes down, and if it does not go down it will end losing itself.

However, you can go up within yourself and also in the heart of others.

Going up this way, you will hardly fall.

Neither you will not get lost, because the more you go up the more you will find yourself and the others.



36) LONELINESS

In the poet's world, which was
becoming each day more uninhabited, there was
An anchor nave.

He knew that it was necessary to lift the
Anchors so that the boat followed its way.

But did not have strength!

37) FLUSH

Work on
Your poetry,
Loaded
with love,
does not become a simple
Flower
that shrinks
At dusk.

38) SHOW

In life theater there are dramas,
Comedies and tragedies.

Many just look and do not interfere in anything.

They tell that they are simple spectators
When, actually, they have no choice

But they dream of appearing on the stage and obtain applaud from the crowd.

39) ILLUSION

For many, the dream is more important than the reality, because its reality is nothing more but a highway that has to be run through in order to approach the dream.

Few are the ones that manage to transform their dream in reality.

All the others that dream are sleeping.


40) MESSAGE

I sing, but my song is sad, told the poet.
The wind blows and carries to the others my grieve.
I do not manage to do verses from my happinesses.
But I would like that they arrived to your heart, like a love message, that is being born.

41) SENTENCE

There are the ones that pass the whole life judging the others.

Because of this or that they always emit an opinion.

And, however, forget to judge themselves.

They do not understand, that this the most beautiful of all the judgments.

42) PROMOTION

There are the ones that go up in life putting themselves above others.

They call great actions what is simply considered a simple jump.

They confuse the act of jumping positions with the one of elevating oneself.

Thus, they hardly ever manage to climb within themselves.

43) PREFERENCE

Everybody has his own world as well as each world has ITS own sky.

One must choose whether to fill his world with dreams, that will dissipate at dusk, or if your stars' sky, that will erase at dawn.


44) TRANSFORMATION

In life’s theater, though it has not been written in advance, the actors try to play their papers the best they can.

And because they are moved, fundamentally, by the interest law, did not vacillate in doing of the life stage a great arena.

45) PRESUMPTION

The clouds look, from the top, the world at their feet.

Some men, with their vanities, dream of doing the same.

Only that, suddenly, the clouds turn into rain, that falls there from the sky.

The men fall down from the heights and many no longer get up.

46) CONVERSATION

After wandering by the world, the Reason and the Interest found one another, and tired as they were, sat down by the shadow of a tree to rest:
In my walks, said the Reason, what I saw most was people putting, above all, their own interests.
Thus, the Interest replied, none of them can be right.

47) SERPENTINE

Life carnival is full of illusion.

People play and sing until the sunrise.

They hide themselves behind their masks and fantasies.

And they know, that the important is to dream for a while.


48) VIRTUE

One that
seizes
The Favorable wind
can go
Very far
And even have
Some merit;
But the one that has value
is only that who faces
The tempest.

49) ABANDONMENT

Many want to be loved without falling in love, they want to receive but do not know how to give.

In short, they want from the others something they would never do for anyone.

However, these are the ones that affirm, that love has left, that happiness has gonet and that there is not anybody to fill the emptiness of their loneliness nights.

50) TOURISM

When I arrived at any city soon people advised me to visit the most interesting and picturesque places.

And I, so, asked: Show me the people, I want to hear what they say and know what they think.

It Is just that I like to see the places, said the sage, through the thoughts of the ones that live there.

51) ENRICHMENT

The fool thinks we are worth through what we seem to be.
Others think we are worthy for what we tell and for what we think.
Many think we are worthy for what have.
Few are the ones that give value for what we are.
And most people, generally, evaluate us by the price and not by the value.


52) FATE

In nature,
And in life
Of the human being,
Four are
The seasons.
And, however,
There are people,
That during
A lifetime
only know
The coldness of the
Winters.

53) INCOHERENCE

We at school learn some things, at home we are told the opposite and in the streets things are completely different from the teaching we received.

But do not criticize school, your house, or the ways through where you walk, because, generally, all criticism is useless.

Seize this opportunity that contradiction offers you: You yourself make up your mind and arrive to your own conclusions about the teachings you received.

54) JOURNEY

After a long walk through life many they want to rest and cannot: Their consciences are weighed.

Others have their hearts in peace: Those, that after running through several ways never trod anybody, in their crossing.

55) MIXTURE

Many still confuse the truth with the lie, the friendship with love, the dream with the reality and other concepts more.

As life goes by, and it seems good that it is so, life teaches us to confuse these things each time less.


56) TURNOVER

At dawn, the waves approach the beaches to talk of love.
When the reality appears, the dreams, like a great wave, approach the rocks.
All of them hear the roar of its burst against the stones.
Only few listen to the melody.

57) INSPIRATION

The fools illude themselves
Trying to scribble
Verses in the sand.

They forget that
The poetry that stays
is the written
In life’s ground,
Where all of them tread
But nobody erases.

58) LUCK

Many search for happiness even not knowing the address.
Others know the address but never find it at home.
Most people hopes that she, one day, comes to beat at their door.
Few remind that happiness is within us.
It is enough just to awake her.

59) PUPPET

In the square theater, the show is wonderful when the artist, by moving his fingers, seems to give life to the marionettes, that rotating, appear on the stage.

In life theater, on the other side, the show is Dantesque, when people exploding the fingers of their gentlemen, they keep spinning.


60) SUBTILENESS

He bought a dictionary and took from there all the pretty words.

But, when it was to tell them the words in his voice got lost.

It is just that the words beauty remains in the way they are told.

61) LIFE

When one does not feel, that years pass by, it seems that we are living.

But, one day, we discover that living only is not enough.

While some affirm that it is necessary to build others tell that the important is to create.

And it is exactly here that most gets out of breath.

62) TUNING

The violin,
Generally,
talks about love,
But today,
The music
That it burrows
tells stories
Of one star
That has been erased.

63) IMPROVEMENT

You do not need to hurt anybody when still there are so many things good to be done.

However, one should always do their best; And the best that one can do is improve himself.

Keep in mind; The one that improves himself improves everything around him.


64) MATURATION

Few are
The trees,
that do not
Give fruits.

Many are
The men,
that do not
Give fruits.

65) DREAM

The clouds are as your illusions.

Today they hazed the sun and clouded the sky.

The Sun, however, knows that the clouds are transitory.

But you continue to think that your illusions will not be blown by the winds.

66) ADORNMENT

There is no fantasy in the flowers life.
They open at dawn and many do not end up seeing the scintillation of the stars.
They know the butterflies’ touch and are thrown down by the winds caress.
But where there is some love, there one can put a flower.
And remember, that it is in your heart that spring shines.

67) INVERSE

Some run
after
Happiness
And never reach it.

Others are
Persecuted
by her
And run away from it.


68) VARIATION

One thing is the truth that men say.
Other thing is the truth that they do not tell.
Through the ways that you walk you will hear many true things.
And the more you walk you will verify that what is true here does not need to be true there and much less over there.

69) MIRAGE

Most
get deceived
at golden dreams
As if
The spring's moon had the shine of the stars' shine.

70) APPEARANCE

Today, said the sage, once again I got the wrong idea.

In the beginning I thought it concerned a person dived in the loneliness darkness.

But not, in her heart there was a spring's night.

71) SHARING

Upon finishing the walk, three travelers decided to share the plant vase that they had carried.
The first plucked the flowers and said that he would offer them to his sweetheart.
The second said he needed to ornament the balcony of its house and took the vase.
The last stayed with the land and said he was going to put a seed inside the land.


72) FRUITION

Do not get deceived
With the fruits
That mature
In the trees.

Life’s fall
starts only
When the fruit
Of the wisdom,
Blown
By the winds,
matures
In your heart.

73) BURDEN

Vanity is a baggage that some carry by the world outside.

Because of this, if she is your guide, get ready to carry her in your back and do not get a surprise if with so much weight, you arrive nowhere.

74) BLOSSOM

The spring
of life
arrives only for a few people.

The majority of people
receives only a
Flowers bouquet.

75) CONFIDENCE

And he told that “worse than the things that happened to him were the people that appeared to him”, when an unknown old lady, sat down in the same square chair, interrupted the talk telling, “it is worse when nobody appears and loneliness is our unique companion...”


76) VIGILANCE

The silence of the universe sends a message.

The moon walks by the space and the stars shine in the horizon.

The poet goes up to the top of the hill and screams to the sky:

“- The men continue to dream!”

77) OPTION

Few are the ones that
try to win
Less and live more.
Most prefer to
Win more,
even having to live less.
It is a matter of choice:
Only that with the tickle of the watch one discovers
That what they won
is worth nothing.

78) SERENITY

Depending on whom hears and of the places where it is told, your words can mean different things.

Thus, it is good to explain, once in a while, the meaning of them, so that they are as those clouds, that pass without tumbling the storm.

79) PROPHECY

Time passes to all and quickly slides through our lives.
People are worried about the future, that at this time will tell you nothing.
It awakes, faces your present, that is your real time.
It makes no sense dream about tomorrow, even because it can be a nightmare.


80) PROMISE

When you went away, the snow, spread through the woodland ground, kept the marks of your steps.
The next day you did not come to the encounter. Perhaps you got lost, because the snow that fell erased the marks and covered the little highway, that carries to the woodland.
As you promised to come back, I keep on waiting for you. I know that the spring sun will melt the ice and will show you the way back.

81) SENSE

Many do not know where to go, but nevertheless keep on following some path.

They are lost, some will tell, but this is a matter of point of view.

If your goal is to help the ones that pass, then it does not matter the direction in which you go.

82) POETRY

After
he had seen a lot of things and suffered,
the poet’s heart
turned into a stone
And the arrow
Of Cupid
got smashed.

83) DIMENSION

The industrial sky promises gold stars, that scintillate on the greatness dreams.
Below it, many think the difference among people depends on the coins quantity, that each one brings in their pockets.
They forget about that the men greatness is in his value, and because of this they sell themselves for any price.


84) RESISTANCE

They tell, everywhere, that there is no time to almost nothing.
As if that was not enough, men still have to jump obstacles, contour them, win them to continue their way.
Others affirm that everything in life can be overcome.
However, what one sees are people being overcome by the obstacles.

85) SHIPWRECK

You know that stick piece that keeps floating in the seawaters?

-“Well, it is me”, told me the embittered human being.

Constantly, the waves shoot him against the rocks.

Few are the times these waves make him rest in the sand.

86) CHOICE

They tell that, who wishes hotly, everything is possible.
Others affirm that many had everything to be happy but do not know the reason they could not approach it.
Just a minority searches for nothing, the “not having”; And wishes, hotly, just to be.
Be, with capital letters, an option that few have as goal.

87) PROPERTY

Things
have power over people
And follow
Enslaving
Many people.
People,
However,
follow telling
That they own things.


88) ADVICE

Two walkers met close to a river; and, even tired, started to talk:
The hatred that I carry is a weighed burden and I want to get rid of it in the first hamlet I arrive to.

The nearest village, said someone is still distant. It was from there I came from. You would have to carry your hatred for quite some time still. Don’t you find better to get rid of it right here, so that nobody gets tot know that you had been carrying such an annoying load?

89) LACK

The flower needs
sun.

People need
love.

The poet needs
stars.

Thus,
Life’s dream
continues to exist.

90) PROGRESS

Getting to the cities, you can appreciate the majestic buildings and the wide streets that, covered with cement and asphalt, occupy the place of the woodlands and the gardens.
The flowers can be seen in the cemeteries or bought in the florists.
Buy them as many as you want, to adorn your loneliness.

91) CONTRAST

Many will tell you that people are all equal.

Life, however, will show you, that what characterizes life is, most precisely, the difference among them.

Fortunately it is so, because what lacks in one is found in another.


92) DEBATE

The flowery garden said to the nocturnal sky:
“ -I see your stars but you do not see my flowers. ”

The nocturnal sky, then, answered to the flowery garden:
“ -At dawn, I will illuminate your heart with the spring's sun.”

93) VICTORY

Many people
think that the
important
is to win the
days, though
Many forget
to live the days.

94) EXCUSE

Today it was a sad day.

Despite having looked for everywhere I did not manage to find the opportunity of doing a good action.

Neither the fact of telling that it was worth the intention served me as a consolation.

Tomorrow I will make a tougher effort.

95) FRAGRANCE

More important than the flowers that adorn your highway are people, that you find in your way.

Thus, said the florist, can look to you as a nonsense, but one who purchases flowers and gives them as a gift them does a better deal than I, that buy them to be resold.


96) MESSAGE

If you fall, fall close to me so that I can support your fall or even help you lift so that you follow your path.

But, if you rise, rise far from me so that I do not fall into the temptation of grasping myself to your wings and complicate your flight...

97) VISION

Looking
Through the window
Of your house
you will see the world
That surrounds you.

To better
understand it
It is necessary look
inside yourself.

98) TWIRL

The world follows rotating ceaselessly.
The action is one of the universe constants.
The stars go by, the moon and dawns.
Some still are sleeping with their greatness dreams.
Others manage to twirl around someone, like satellites.

99) EVALUATION

It seems that from a distance it is better to see people.
From there, we examine what they did or stopped doing.
This does not yet mean that, doing something, they will be worth anything.
It is just that, while some are worth for what they do, others are worth, exactly, for what they stopped from doing.


100) MEDITATION

After too much
Walking
Some stopped
To think.

Thus, they observe better
What is around them.

After all,
Departing of the machine
of men
It becoming
yourself.

       

[P. P. Pensar]