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

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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.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Because my Heart hears

So many beauties spread by the way,

I can’t pass without enjoying one by one.

Indeed, there are some ones so beautiful that,

besides to enjoy, should be also worshiped,

tribute and respect to the Common Creator.

Unhappily, I have an amorous, affectionate

and stubborn a heart, used to falling in love

almost every day.

Could be it hard and insensitive,

just as almost all of them,

so I would pass fast and safe,

impassible and passionless.

But it usually picks up a song,

from unknown a spell,

fairy music of the wind, or, who knows,

resurrected Ulysses’ mermaids singing,

that, poor me, I can’t resist.

So I go, amazed and fascinated,

sometimes on despair and strained,

along with loving brothers and sisters,

daily struggling to move hard

and harsh the wheels of time.

I had a Dream

I dreamed that there were no borders or barriers

and everyone was coming and going all over.

There were no countries with complicated names,

nor other languages difficult to pronounce.

There were no Latin or Jewish quarters,

consulates, embassies or customs.

We were dealing with John, Joseph and Peter,

having been forgotten the old records

at those big notary books of names like

Tudors, Stuarts, Windsors,

Whites, Browns and Smiths.

Priests, pastors, rabbis and teachers,

together they worshiped the same God,

the same saints and prophets,

praising the past history we lived

and sowing hope in the hereafter.

Restaurants, schools and hospitals,

all of them were open to anyone,

as well the parties, weddings and baptisms

and all other pleasures of the day to day.

 

Published in Creative Talents Unleashed, Featured Writer, June 16, 2018.

 

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

 

 

 

Forever Human Generations

We founded churches, schools, hospitals,

we created priests, teachers and physicians;

some of us we acclaimed kings and judges,

some others, beggars and prisoners.

We care for our children instilling in them

those dreams we were not able to fulfill.

We have changed our course many times,

both on the road and in our minds,

so little different from those primitive hordes,

turning to the wind like a ship of old sailors.

We have never had even that natural gift of birds,

who know from birth their journeys and returns

in each season of their lives.

Saints and sinners, side by side, we write our history,

which, some day, will be read, and they will know that,

if we have never  lacked wit and sapience,

it has never lacked a plenty of love.

A love full of disappointments, but blended with the joy

of alone colonizing a planet given to unknown ancestors,

which, despite life’s scars, has been always handed

to welcome hopeful new generations.

 

Published in Indiana Voice Journal, March-April 2018 issue.

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And the Wind Came

Showing that it did not come for love,

did not know how to be gentle and affectionate.

It came for lust and voluptuousness, not the breath

of a lover, but the madness of the impassioned.

It did not learn to be breeze, was born this way,

snorting and showing its claws,

without notice or warning.

Knocking at the doors and all of a sudden

forcing the windows,

like a river which comes out of its bed

and floods the lands around.

It did not waste time making swirls or pranks;

its shot was direct and accurate, without pause or rest,

like a shameless male, clothes off and in open air,

covering, without modesty or prudence,

his chosen female.

It has warned not to scrimp its desire,

not turning into a hurricane.

 

Published in Tree House Arts, Jan 31, 2018

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

Kind of Love

There was once a summer,

lost in the folds of time,

where, no one knows,

has existed happiness.

It has appeared only for us,

nobody else’s.

Never affected by daily hardships,

always shielded from the world’s rust,

it has remained in our hearts

and we know it will not disappear,

even by the collapse of our bodies.

Nothing can end such a love,

born in hot winds, baptized

in fresh rain and crowned,

as blessed by the skies,

by stunning and mystical lightning.

 

Published in Free Lit Magazine, January 23, 2018, The Bildungsroman issue.

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