......A sonnet bearing the imprimatur of the inspector-general and other people of distinction and decency
I had a revelation not from high,
But from below, when thy skirt awhile lifted
Betrayed such promise that I am not gifted
With words that may that view well signify.
And even if my verse that thing would try,
Hard were it, if that word came to be sifted,
To find a word that rude would not have shifted
There from the cold hand of Morality.
The gaze is nought; mere sight no mind hath wrecked.
But oh! sweet lady, beyond what is seen
What things may guess or hint at Disrespect?!
Sacred is not the beauty of a queen...
I from thine ankle did as much suspect
As you from this suspect what I mean.
Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935): On An Ankle, 1907 [?], from English Poems, Lisbon, 1921
Fernando Pessoa, age twenty: photographer unknown, c. 1908, from Isabel Murteira França: Fernando Pessoa na Intimitade, Lisbon 1987; image by Sofiapelica, 14 February 2010
Fernando Pessoa, Lisboa. Seen while walking along tram line 28: photo by jaime.silva, 10 May 2007
Não cites Fernando Pessoa (Lisboa): photo by Ana Gama, 8 March 2012
A photo with Fernando Pessoa, Lisbon. It is great to seat at Brasilieira with people taking photos with the famous Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa: photo by Antonio Vinigal, 12 March 2013