Ruy Belo

Ruy Belo Poems

Birds are born on the tips of trees
The trees I see yield birds instead of fruit
Birds are the liveliest fruit of trees

And everything was possible

When I was still young before I left home
ready to travel around in the world
I already knew about the waves' breaking
from the pages of all the books I'd read

Anniversary Mass

It's been one year since your steps
last walked in our parish
Where do you who belonged to these fields
whose wheat is again turning ripe

Flower Of Solitude

We lived we conversed we resisted
we crossed paths on the street under the trees
we perhaps made a little stir
we traced timid gestures in the air

Hand To The Plow

Happy the man who manages sadness wisely
and learns to divide it among the days
Though months and years pass it will never leave him

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Born in a small town in central Portugal, Ruy Belo received a law degree at the University of Lisbon, in 1956, and a PhD in Canonical Law at the St. Thomas Aquinas University in Rome, in 1958. A devout Roman Catholic as a young man, he was a member of Opus Dei for ten years, quitting the organization in 1961. In that same year he published his firs ...

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