Tuesday, 23 November 2010

The Country

I want to leave my heart in the country,
and learn from the art of living.
I want to part from self induced cynicism
that numbs my longing for the simple.

That’s not it.
I want to be special and unspecial enough,
to dispense the namecard, the contracts and the mind lard.
I would rather feel the velvet of the sky instead.

More than that,
I want to be content in knowing that others are growing
by pitying my simple-minded lost soul.
I long for the longing to let go of scrutiny and laugh
alongside human insecurity.

No, that isn't it. I wish them well
despite the jealousies of this condescending city life.
I condemn the frail spirit that keeps me
from ploughing the garden or reciting Yutang,
without having satire stinging my tongue,
and guilt weigh upon
my already heavy, hollow heart.

On the way to Stratford-upon-Avon

My humorous head is
married to a frustrating memory,
and much like any odd couple
quarrel over the silliest of treacheries.

But if I remember as so,
there was a neatly trimmed graveyard
where only old women would bother to go,
decorate the tombs –
with white, blue and Golden balloons.

The song of Summer trees –
savoured in flowery cobwebs
and polite little fleas,
over looking war heroes who were
you and I when the Earth took them in.

I saw a burnt down barn
simmering through its rusty skeleton,
where a boy escaped chores
and lay, in lazy hay, beside restless young boars.

And his children,
and their children, tangled with lovers in the attic –
navigating through the wonders of static whisperings.
There goes the soul of secrecy,
and the seemingly timeless murmurings of naïve indescretions by the crickets.

I felt dock leaves and stinging nettles,
wind blown hair and scratchy skin;
a world far too great to fit the one within.

So I sit at the nook of a tree
as a final blanket of sun lights with the breeze,
and the stars begin their travels with fruitful ascent.
Church bells knoll and pastor lights fade from the sky.
And as fulfilling a day as this could have been,
I seem unprepared to bid England goodbye.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

The Driver

He said "Get in the car, my friend",
and I didn't know what to say.
Stepping hard, he showed no fear;
the night was young as we drove away.

He looked into the rearview mirror
and saw my youthful eyes,
then pulling on his old man whiskers
he clarified all lies.

He claimed that money was the greatest
misfortune to all our souls;
and visions seen by the bravest,
memories of which bring them foe.

He told me stories of Kathmandu,
and the Kings of the spiraling sands;
of purity in the black man's shoes,
and civilizations raised by their hands.

At last he told me that life is but one precious breathe to hold.
That he knew nothing else, other than to never let this go.

The Passing

You find yourself so Original
with kissing backs and ear lobes,
with verses of love and private anecdotes -
the source of ingenuity, truth be told,
has passed from my lover's lips to those kissing your own.
And in passionate stumbles our lovers unfold,
from being poets to commoners -
utterly sold souls.

Our love resonates in similar ways,
what only time can prove true or fake.
Though we do not whisper love words for love's sake
a world of our own we recreate, filled with
blissful encounters of stories heard before.
I'll wait to see
not too expectantly -
the tides wash away our vows from the shore.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

A Fumaça

Quando eu era moleque,
os cabelos cheio de peste,
eu pensava ser dono do mundo.

O meu mundo que sumia de mês em mês,
na Rua do Picadouro, casa quarenta e seis,
até que enfim fui rebaixado a freguês.

Pois a fumaça que cercava o telhado
com papo de adulto e cheiro de gato molhado
caiu no alcance das minhas unhas ruídas.

Agora que sei lavo bem as mãos,
derrubou-se a casa de telha à chão
e a ideia se foi num cheque de barão.

Enquanto encanto meninas com minhas histórias sofridas,
de cabelos de peste e unhas ruídas –
meu mundinho, memórias pica-dor meu coração.