Amor Fati is a poem which has meant a lot to me over the years. Ever since I first read it in my early teens, I’ve regularly brought it forth, year on year, getting inspired every time.
Amor Fati is written by Norwegian poet André Bjerke who once revealed this was his favourite amongst his entire body of poetic work.
You should arm yourself,
not like a Caesar with a raised sword
against the world, but with the words:
Amor Fati – love your fate.
You should make this axiom
your strongest liberator;
You have chosen your path in the thicket,
Don’t look sideways at other paths!
The pain, too, is your servant,
Paralyzed, crushed and dejected
you see that it reunites you
with what is required.
The fall and the betrayal, too,
will help you like friends,
Your defeats are rich
gifts placed in your hands.
by being worthy of your destiny
you shall know: This was my will,
All that happens to me happens justly.
Then say, when the green woods
of your joy for life has been wandered through:
I want nothing different,
I wish nothing changed.
– André Bjerke (1918 – 1985)
Andre Bjerke (1918-1985) was a Norwegian poet. He is considered to be a writer of great importance and has a central place in modern Norwegian literature.
This translation of Amor Fati is by Hossein Kashani and was first published in Sufi Journal, Winter 2015, Issue 88
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