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Ode from Adelina

suave brisa africana apaziguadora da sede de frescura
a voz-bálsamo de cesária sobre as pedras da calçada,
caminhada de sofredores sob abundantes copas frondosas,
pé-descalço, criança de rua, órfão dos sistemas caducos
atirados ao sabor da verdade iluminadorada da tarde sonolenta

em africa encontrada o desencontro milenar dos ritmos
quanticos puluando nos seios saltitantes ticianos
de uma  núbil crioula.

Adelina Pereira
2004

 

net

if, i were a mermaid
amputee, i'd be, free
of restraining capacity
with each depth, i'd
reach new heights
i'd fulfil my dreams

... and so, i hope
for a world
without ...

ears to
hear the
dolphins cry

joão conçelos
1998

 

 

 transparent

One too many times

Betrayed, perplexed

And unafraid

Within

Without

Deep in midst

I wished

And you …

 

Take this

Child from here

This world so, unfair

Take this child

To your side

Hold on to

Mercy to

This

Child to you

Mind

joão conçelos
jul-1-2002


 

son

don't tell them
whisper it, not

say it in motions
forever
like the waves do
come

crashing
to the
shore

like great bursts
of blinding rays
flashing through
the darkest cloud

to warm me
like
your smile

joão conçelos
jun-18-2002

 

 

 

mother

i think of the love
you gave to me

implicitly

like no other
like the love
of a mother

joão conçelos
mar-18-1988

 

 

 

mother 2 child

deeply
is how i feel
deeply goes my love
and you are the one

i give you power

to make me feel
the way i do.

your face
like no other

your lips
they utter

words
i need to hear.

joão conçelos
feb-8-1988

 

 

 

mother part 3

this is my baby
this be my child
his hands may wander
his eyes grow wild

His love has taught me

forgiveness smile

joão conçelos
oct-1-1996

 

 

 

a lesson …

completely free

softly do tread
know misunderstandings
flow

no
clans and

what clangs
abides by truth

the more you hurry
more worry you find
more you'll look to it
more too
it , they blind

joão conçelos
dec-16-1996

 

 

 

untitled 1

goodness gracious
Mother Ignatius

give us Strength
give us Patience
to deal with this

indignation

 

 

 

collapse #1

kittens are mental
they bite on their tails
spinning for hours

it never fails

bumping their heads
one
two
three
more

forget for a while
then
jump back for more

spin for hours
chasing rumps
getting dizzy

getting bumps

joão conçelos
sep-11-1992

 

 

 

Thanks be to

angels
surrounding your heart

one that stays with me
when we
are apart

joão conçelos
may 25-93

 

 

 

dream

i am a flower
with sunny demands
my roots go deep

I have no hands

colours i know
to others have seen

places i grow
places i've been

by rivers
in valleys
on mountains way high

dreaming of wings
to one day i'll fly

joão conçelos
jun-16-1993

 

 

 

untitled 2

my father too cried
with the eyes of a child
until
murderous war
saw innocence
defiled

joão conçelos
dec-17-1996

 

 

 

untitled 3

i am your Son
shine upon this moon
sea tears in your eye
to will
come soon

i am a dog
sometimes a horse
sometimes wanna bite you
sometimes wanna pull you

with

all my force

joão conçelos
nov-22-1991

 

 

 

father

will you keep
the promise
that you made
unselfishly
to me

kiss away
death

whisper to me

leave me

gently

a way

joão conçelos
may-22-1996

 

 

 

untitled 4

i'm a helpless
baby bird
fallen from
my tree
crying for
my mother
hoping she can
hear me

i'm a helpless baby bird
fallen out of my tree
calling my mother
she did not see me

crying so loudly
tweet, tweet, tweet
crying loudly
hurts my beak

forgotten

and fall asleep

wake up startled
tired and weak
eyes still closed
i say peep

that's all i say
i am too weak

joão conçelos
apr-6-1991

 

 

 

untitled 5

if, i'd but one wish
i'd, everybody know you
for then, truly
they'd know me
if not…

how much love
i hold dear
to my
suspicious heart
for only You

joão conçelos
dec-1997