Portuguese mulheres*

17 Maio 2019

Portuguese mulheres* soak up
the sun in Algarve cafes

while in Warsaw’s Łazienki Park the old grey
feeds the pigeons calm and gently

for this morning avian ritual
she has run half a marathon
she doesn’t have fits of anger any more
she doesn’t nurture scars

with each passing year more strongly
down to earth
the smile that kisses butterflies
should be on the calendar –
not forced – more beautiful with every line
she knows it’s hardest to forgive

Translation Graham Crawford
Anturaż, FONT 2019

*in Portugese – women

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