Sailing on Words


Sailing on Words

Dawn – Poems & Thoughts

Dawn - Poems & Thoughts

by Pierre Sotér

DAWN Poems & Thoughts is the debut poetry collection by Pierre Sotér, which was first released in July 2017 by Adelaide Books. The book has been extensively revised by the author and is now published by CARRACK Books in a carefully crafted colour edition. It includes 77 poems, which are illustrated by 22 images coming from the lenses of Viktor Tegner.

“Within my limitations, I wrote this book with deep respect and admiration for the art of many great classical and modern poets, and sympathy for all those that have courage to expose their feelings. The book reveals some feelings of mine and a few opinions. It is the first book of a trilogy about emotions, love, joy and sorrow, beliefs, and thoughts on life. About the world we live in, the Universe from where we came, and to where we will return one day. It is a book about lions too, birds, rain, the sun and the sea. It is about living creatures and stones. And Gods, time, existence and the naive hope of an eternal restart. It starts at Dawn.”

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  In that part of the day that briefly follows night
  before the turning finds the steady lying line,
  from where the biggest star will mount and will get bright,
  I turn my inside out and start to lift my spine.
  In that part where the day does break there are no words,
  and the mystique of primal mist floats through the air,
  the pace it feels divine, and sounds are from the birds
  while I open my arms, to life my dreams declare.
  For one day is a chance to take another breath,
  to follow the moving, which is in nature’s being,
  the strife of rise and fall, the aim of birth and death,
  the game that we must play but with the rules of living.

  And should I miss one day the magic of the Dawn,
  I would tread in dusk long before the Sun had gone.

  cover poem

  time is short, too precious for leaning.
  That would be bad use of energy.
  It’s a time for linking and teaming
  with stones, beasts and primal scenery,
  to refresh my tired memory,
  move around my bones
  before my muscles,
  nerves, and chemistry,
  start to fizzle.

  Morrow’s eve,
  as the drapes of Dawn prepare to rise,
  my praise shall be of tone appropriate,
  of no regrets nor of dreams forlorn,
  but forward pushing, moving instead,
  with many a flaw that I have won
  and I will betray,
  time and time again,
  till the mighty Sun
  will find me dead.

  from page 8

  I go now, I travel,
  I’m letting my mem’ries unravel,
  around me, forgotten,
  old tokens of passions begotten.

  grew stronger than I can attest
  since we once were each other’s best
  and all small things a huge delight.
  grow weaker than I can pretend
  till there won’t be much left to mend
  what Time does steal, what time does bite.

  Tomorrow, I’ll travel,
  I’ll dream of adventures and gavel
  the tempers, all seven,
  to check if there’s fire in heaven.

  I’ll look for,
  along all shores, hours and floors,
  inside all hearts, powers and doors,
  the bits and pieces of my life.
  And I hope
  again to see the good I’ve seen,
  my share of the puzzle supreme
  and those that loved me through the strife.

  from page 118

Poems & Thoughts: A Trilogy

Pierre Sotér

The first books by Pierre Sotér constitute a trilogy. Each book includes 77 poems and is illustrated with 22 pictures by Viktor Tegner.

BRAID, a special edition with poems selected by Anna Tegner, is now available.

Pierre Sotér is a civil engineer (Ph.D.) who was born in Lisbon and lived in Copenhagen for a large part of his professional life. A lover of poetry from an early age, he is now wholly dedicated to his former passion. Pierre Sotér writes in Portuguese and English.

Together with Viktor Tegner, Pierre Sotér founded CARRACK books, an imprint of TEGNER Publishing Lda., with the primary objective of publishing poetry and art books.