August 1, 2016

Two Poems by Edilson Afonso Ferreira: "Old Summers," and "Memorabilia"

Edilson Afonso Ferreira is a Brazilian poet who writes in English rather than Portuguese. Recent works have appeared in Red Wolf Journal, Right Hand Pointing, Creative Talents Unleashed (Featured Poet), Indiana Voice Journal, The Lake, Young Ravens, Synesthesia, Every Day Poems, and Dead Snakes. His works can be seen at


Old Summers

By the very first days of summers of my youth,
I always heard, every year, the song of a bird.
Never had I seen it, solely hearing its sound.
It was a pheasant cuckoo hammering two whistles,
that all of us, by no error, so listened:
- summer comes! summer comes! -
Like a live version of the clock’s cuckoo, it warned,
to the most unwary ones,
that had begun the most desired and expected season.
Its chant is lost and our days will never be the same
without that hammering dear beat.


Suddenly, a grain of sand invades an oyster,
peacefully lying in the depths of the oceans,
unhappy a route accident.
Then, in order to protect itself from irritation,
oyster quickly covers uninvited visitor with layers
and layers of nacre, mineral by which is fashioned
its internal shell.
The grain of sand gains a fine coat, what performs
iridescent and stunning one pearl.
Some route accidents like this permeate our lives,
on unexpected days and by unexpected intruders.
Perhaps by a similar way we have made our pearls:
--memorable statues, symphonies and sonnets--

~Edilson Afonso Ferreira

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