Magazine article World Literature Today

A Welder of the Word

Magazine article World Literature Today

A Welder of the Word

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for Mia Couto

Dream,

Dream,

Dream.

Never cease to dream

Dream on, Mia

Your beginning

A tale of yesterdays

Your today

A tale of future years

And the voyager never rests

Without his dancing plume

Beira,

Cradle of the people's poet

Maputo,

Agency for the cosmic itinerant

Hibernating in royal skies

Rooted in earthly machambas*

Questing for moçambicanidade[double dagger]

Awaiting the cessation of wars

Declaring the imperative of peace

And the voyager never rests

Without his dancing plume

Melody of words

In the wilderness of pages

Litany of characters

From the labyrinth of pain

Horror provokes, fantasy begins

Fantasy ends, horror begins

Never a clear demarcation

Writer Mia, you are the in-between!

And the voyager never rests

Without his dancing plume

The bridge of life

We cross better

When the crafty master

A new Mozambique masks

And the voyager never rests

Without his dancing plume

Full of dreams

Full of life

Devoid of ignorance

Enriched in hope

Nurtured by destiny

And the voyager never rests

Without his dancing plume

The Neustadt Prize is here! …

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