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from the May 2020 issue

On Beginnings

De Começar

Filinto Elísio meditates on the border between existence and nonexistence in this short poem.


A cry, at birth,
and, then, only silence.
Inert stone, atomic,
nuclear before life.


© Filinto Elísio. Translation © 2020 by Jethro Soutar. All rights reserved.

De Começar

De um grito, em parto,
e, depois, só silêncio.
Inerte pedra, atómica,
nuclear antes da vida.

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