Gloomy Days

My dead, those I loved in life,

I do not bury them.

They remain forever unburied,

at least as long as I can stay alive.

When I die, you will bury them beside me.

Meanwhile, wherever I go, they are my companions.

We talk about everything and everyone,

we laugh, weep, love and hate;

they rest with me at night and give me strength,

at the dawn of each new day.

Every victory of mine, they applaud and rejoice,

as faithful crowd that accompanies their team.

Morbid desires, unnatural cravings, some will say.

But no, it is just great and honest a love, a pure one,

that they provide and I accept,

that understands and consoles me on certain days.

Days full with doubts, shadows and ill feelings,

those ones that fate has marked for me,

which, surely, I will not be able to avoid.

A Soul’s Recollection

Today I am remembering the voices I have been hearing,

which are recorded in my memory:

the first cry of the newborn, searching to be noticed

in the new world in which they are starting;

the last cry of pain from the dying,

saying goodbye to those who remain;

by the summer, the geese’s hisses and

the buzzing of bees and hummingbirds,

in their comings and goings to their flowers;

on happy nights, more guessed than heard,

the vows and whispers of passionate lovers;

the noise of people on the streets, corners and squares,

struggling not to go unnoticed

and to leave their stories written.

Likewise, and, perhaps, even more remarkable,

at least for me,

the voice that cannot be spoken,

coils in the throat, comes back to the soul,

then radiates in the brightness of the eyes,

entranced by:

the extreme beauty of the beloved woman,

the smile that was thought to be lost,

the children’s return, long absent from home,

the sun that got lost last night,

wondrously back by the morning.

These are strong feelings that make life worth living,

and more light our journey.

A journey in which we hold hands,

towards the promised land,

where milk and honey flow,

and evil never finds shelter.

 

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

 

 

By a Walk in the Park

It happened in a cold Saturday afternoon,

under remarkable and pure blue sky,

like some others that autumn had unfolded.

You were dressed in a grey coat and a golden smile,

and sudden said those words I had never listened to:

– I love you –

Surprised, seduced, unvoiced,

you heard my silence as consent,

and so you baptized and blessed forever

happy and exquisite our entire life.

Cherished Daydreaming

Sitting by the road’s edge, I watch life go by.

I see men, women, old and young people.

They carry on their faces their realities and, beyond,

I try to imagine what really lead them to move on,

but cannot be seen: their well-kept secrets and desires,

their high esteem, their own motto, their ego.

They are striving to be individuals,

rather than simply one more.

Sometimes I see even myself,

mixed in the crowd, perhaps a little lost,

but firmly believing to be on the walk too.

I feel we are all connected in an invisible web

and hope that each of us will reach,

at its own time, the promised land,

that Canaan where milk and honey spill

and evil never finds shelter.

 

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

The Saga of a People

I like humans.

They are a peculiar people who are confined

on a planet long forgotten in space.

Abandoned, as well as in a bus with non-existent stops,

they believe that it is in store for them

safe and happy a destiny.

It seems they are waiting for a new land, where milk

and honey flow abundantly and evil never finds shelter,

once promised by the creator of their race.

Such is the story that has been passed by their ancestors,

successively buried in the wheels of time.

I think they deserve to be supported in every way possible,

as their toiling has been proven very arduous and painful.

Indeed, they have so far endured their journey, due to odd,

exquisite and singular a love, that has survived,

despite countless setbacks and mismatches.

Anyway, although his absence,

they remember and revere their creator,

and, some, even love.

An Angel told me

When I cover my ears,

I do not hear the waves of the sea,

I hear your sweet voice.

When I close my eyes,

I do not see darkness,

I see the light of your face

and your smile.

When I fall asleep

and leave this world,

entering the world of dreams,

I look for you but I cannot find.

It must be because God heard my prayers

and was moved. We will wake up early in the morning,

and, despite world’s bitterness,

we will have our land, our house, our bed,

our love, laughter, tender kisses and hugs.

And, from time to time, we will let them see,

those who envy and do not love us,

even a little of the tears we will share.

Family Doubts

My daughter would like to know

how many legs the letter m has?

How many sides the dice has?

How many strings has the puppeteer

to handle his theater dolls?

It reminds me I would like to know

where the well that fate has fished

my loves, my friends, my children?

Who stole my desires, my passions,

my kisses, my hugs, my most cherished dreams?

Where are they captives?

How many more suffering and uncertainty remain?

Where does the king receive his subjects who claim for justice?

 

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