Magazine article World Literature Today

Five Poems

Magazine article World Literature Today

Five Poems

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The enigma is some other thing - no gods live here

Just men and the sea, immovable inheritance.


By dowry I received you at birth

and I recognize your speech in my voice.

At your core, like the seed in the fruit

the verse in the poem, I exist.

Seaside house, unchosen source!

I belong to you and call you mine

like my mother whom I did not choose

but nonetheless love.


They brought sunsets and roads

Their thirst for the horizon called them.

- To whom do you belong?

Who are your people?

That's how our grandmother extended

The cup of water to the traveler.


In this country the statues disdain heights

They trade in the plaza, ravage roads

They have pensive hands and clay on the soles of their feet.


For Francisco da Silva, Gito

In memoriam

Today the words say nothing of shipwrecks. …

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