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"Sobre Ausência" (2004)

For a long time I thought that absence is a lack of a presence
And I complained, ignorant, this lack of presence.
Today, I no longer complain.
There is no lack of presence in the absence.
Absence is a feeling inside of me.
And I feel it, so white, so close, cuddled in my arms
that I laugh and dance and invent happy exclamations
because this absence, this absence that I so much have assimilated,
nobody will ever steal it from me.
Absence, Carlos Drummond de Andrade.

Music: Fito Paez (Un vestido y un amor), Simón Diaz (Tonada de Luna Llena), Astor Piazzolla e Fernando Solanas (Vuelvo al Sur) performed by Caetano Veloso, and Yan Tiersen (L'absente, Qu'en reste-t-il?; Comptine d'un autre été: l'après-midi e Sur le fil)


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