To the memory of Ivete Monteiro
The petals fall.
One by one
They fall from the kapok
Over the afternoonâ€™s skin.
We arrived from all over, lonely
The cords of time
With our nails.
While the cold withers
We found the song.
~Â ConceiÃ§Ã£o Lima,Â trans. from Portuguese by David Shook
ConceiÃ§Ã£o Lima is aÂ SantomeanÂ poet from the town of Santana inÂ SÃ£o TomÃ©. She studied journalism inÂ PortugalÂ and has worked in radio, television, and in the print press in her native country. She has published three books of poetry: â€˜O Ãštero da Casaâ€™, â€˜A Dolorosa Raiz do MicondÃ³â€™, and â€˜O PaÃs de AkendenguÃªâ€™.
David Shook is a poet and translator. He lives in LA, where he is editor of Phoneme Media.