Featured Writer: Edilson Afonso Ferreira

On Politics And Borders


Smile you’re on Camera,

it makes no sense for me,

unsuitable and poor a slogan.

I’m not contented, by sure not happy, on seeing

so high this lack of solidarity among humans,

this extreme wickedness that dwells our hearts,

or, even worse, for those heartless ones,

that dwells in their dry and rigid minds.

Sad for rapacious and ruthless business men,

only having eyes to the profits, uncommitted

for the human accomplishment as a whole.

I’m not able to wear a smile on my face, feeling

my entire soul crying for daily evil’s perversions,

from so-called brothers unable even today to learn

simple lessons of good will.

Sad for politicians unsuitable to overthrow frontiers

and barriers among nations, from so long increasing

pride and arrogance; what we should know it happens

due to a questionable and unfashionable nationalism,

father for ridiculous absolute rulers, dictators and tyrants.


© Edilson Afonso Ferreira

12-06-2009-141-2 About the Author

Mr. Ferreira, 73, is a Brazilian poet who writes in English rather than Portuguese, having been published in venues like Right Hand Pointing, The Lake, Spirit Fire Review, The Provo Canyon, Red Wolf Journal, Whispers, Indiana Voice Journal, Synesthesia, Algebra of Owls and some others. Ferreira lives in a small town (Formiga (MG) with wife, three sons and a granddaughter and is trying to publish his first Poetry Book by the coming year of 2017. He began to write at age 67, after retirement as a Bank Manager. Has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize 2016.  

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