GOING AWAYS - Dom Helder Camara

Going aways above all,

going beyond myself

to make the universe the centre,

instead of “me” and “myself”;

it is breaking through the crust of egoism

that encloses each one of us as in a prison.

Going away means I cease

putting my little world under a microscope;

I stop turning around myself

as though I were the centre of  life, of all that is

Going away is not about travelling miles

and reaching supersonic speeds

above all else, it means opening my eyes,

opening myself  to others, reaching out to them

Finding someone who walks alongside me,

on the same road, not following me like my shadow

but seeing things I do not see

and pointing them out to me.

Dom Helder Camara (1909-1999)

(Free translation of poem in “Prier” magazine No 303)