I sleep. If I dream, I do not know on waking
What it was I dreamt.
I sleep. If I do not dream, I waken
In an open space
I do not recognize, because I woke
To what I still don’t know.
What’s best is neither dreaming nor not dreaming
And never waking.
From “Poems of Fernando Pessoa,” translated from the Portuguese and edited by Edwin Honig and Susan M. Brown (City Lights: 246 pp., $15.95 paper)