Encounter of Faith

Once, on my thirties, in a very little used road,

by the side of ancient and dark a forest,

I got acquainted with weird a creature,

very unlike anyone I had known.

He taught that we have been tagged with a signal,

that of being answerable for any of our equals.

He said that to as blessed man as I was,

it was not allowed to share with fellow ones,

as little as I had been accustomed to.

It seemed to me an alma mater of humanity,

came from ancient paths of our origins,

incarnate by some of our loving ancestors,

if not by all.

Since then, I have found strength, and my friends,

family and even the world as far as I reach,

I imagine, yet believe,

have improved with each new day of my life.

 

This poem and all others at this blog, authored by Edilson Afonso Ferreira ©

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Pride

“Genesis 1-27 – So God created mankind in his own image,

                             in the image of God he created them;

                             male and female he created them”

 

This is how our history has been told in your book,

in the words of your saints and prophets,

a matter we must never doubt of.

Forgive us for questioning, but where

the power and mastery we should display,

which we have been looking for so long?

Where the wisdom and clearness like yours,

where our eternal life or, at least, someone like

that of Methuselah, who lived for nine hundred

and sixty-nine years?

We lived by your side so little, and quickly

You banished us, locking the Paradise Gate,

there placing those cherubims brandishing

their deathly flaming swords.

Perhaps, in lieu of immortality, we developed

greatest and warmest a love, for and from

each one of us, what You could ever dream of.

Perhaps, may You believe,

having forgotten your primeval purpose,

boldly, unconsciously,

so we would prefer to continue living.

Who will read?

Plowing the fields and producing wheat, oats and beans;

rising sheep, cows and pigs;

raising and spreading children and instilling in them

those dreams we were not able to turn into reality.

Throwing rails, roads, bridges and ports,

cities, skyscrapers, churches and cathedrals,

always leaving fences and borders;

creating worlds only ours,

incapable and fearful to co-habit the one

that has been given to us in full.

Boasting and toasting in life’s daily feast,

trying to write our history which has begun

in that sixth day of the divine journey of creation.

They who will read our history will know it was lived

with such a love and endearment, though absent from

the power and glory of its creator.

 

Published in the March 2018 issue of Snapdragon A Journal of Art and Healing. .

http://www.snapdragonjournal.com

Rescued to Life

Nights distant in time, long as it seemed they were eternal,

endlessly spreading their darkness,

not knowing that it was scheduled, at dawn,

a new day, a new sun, renewed hope.

Ghosts, diseases, afflictions, with valid and stamped passports,

like sinister nocturnal animals loose adrift,

swarmed from house to house and soul to soul,

making villainous and sordid harvest for soulless lords.

Our parents and ancestors surpassed such olden nights

and today, free and forgotten of horrendous nightmares,

we dance and sing,

boasting and toasting in life’s feast,

throwing to the skies sound and honest a laughter.

 

Praise

In cathedrals and churches,

abbeys and convents;

in the small chapels on the top of the mountains;

in pilgrimages and spiritual retreats

and in the rooms of those who are secluded in house

and cannot leave anymore;

in the sound of the wind that cradles and pushes us

and in the rain that washes and makes us grow;

even in the mute silence of the hidden seed in the womb of earth,

that knows and expects its time to join our world;

everything and everyone congregate at the sacred Te Deum

in honor and glory to the spirit of our common Creator.

Salvific chant we are never tired of,

truth that redeems and gives us strength

on the journey to Canaan, the promised land

where pours the milk and honey…

 

The Missed Deadline

The magazine my wife reads has launched,

for Mother’s Month, a writing contest.

A married woman should report works

and troubles on raising her children,

showing the drudgery of everyday life.

To the winner, an unpriced diamond ring.

A brilliant writer, surely confident in her pen

and in her extreme love for our three sons,

soon she started writing.

Then, there was a lot of school homework,

the babysitter left our service

and our youngest child has become ill.

Today, work still incomplete,

she missed the contest deadline.

I’m rightly concerned one diamond ring

will wrongly adorn some mother’s hand.

 

Published in Spirit Fire Review, April 2018 issue

http://www.spiritfirereview.com

 

On Brothers, Journeys and Faith

Beyond that corner,

beyond my neighborhood,

besides my town and roads abroad,

even above these clouds

and distant worlds,

there’re people I’ll never know about.

They don’t feel how much I love them,

for I’m sure we’re all brothers,

conceived on that primeval wellspring,

long, long ago, on that saint sixth day

of the divine journey of creation.

Since then, by meager strengths

and unlimited one faith,

we’ve been colonizing our dear earth,

on our own journey pursuing,

day after day, the promised new land.

The biblical one, where honey and milk flow,

which, I believe, we’ll encounter not so far

from the horizon of upcoming a happy day.

 

Published in Tree House Arts, April 11, 2018.

http://www.treehousearts.me

 

This poem and all others at this blog, authored by Edilson Afonso Ferreira ©