Featured Writer: Edilson Ferreira

Witness Of The Past

We were seven and went to sleep, every night,

always at the same time.

Father, mother, three sons and two daughters.

Then, from open doors of the rooms, beginning

by the eldest to the youngest and one at a time,

the full darkness always heard a familiar ballad

singing – your blessing, dad; your blessing, mom.

So, permeating the corridors came in one by one:

God blesses.

Then, aloud and in bed, they joined in prayers,

what worked as singular lullaby to put us asleep.

At dawn, father awakened us from the backyard

with his axe, by cracking firewood for the stove.

He was a scholar, but fond of the old manners.

Indeed grave and serious a man, never failed

when we asked for a good companion.

He and mother performed so peculiar a couple,

father the newest of a thirteen-brother clan

and mother the eldest of ten; a contrast that,

it seems, joined them forever.

Her jewels, so she called them, a delicate watch

and a wedding ring were quite enough to hold

blessed and blissful a union.

We lived by the simplest lifestyle, no refrigerator,

gas stove, or electric shower.

Mother ironed clothes by an old charcoal fired iron,

cooked tasty lunches in smoky a kitchen and made

the most fine suits in a hand-crank sewing machine.

You must believe that there were saints.

By that time, two of them lived with us.

© 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.  See more of his poems at www.edilsonmeloferreira.com.

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