Marks and Echoes
by Edilson Afonso Ferreira
There are still marks on the ground
where I have kneeled and cried in despair.
The tears I have poured in it had been exhaled
and were lost forever.
My screams startled the birds which took,
around the skies, news of dread and fear.
However, the laughter once I launched,
also recorded by the birds,
had not been lost and echoes till today.
There were also some triumph’s yells
and some love’s whispers, which, along
with all the rest are faithful witnesses
that, in despite of merciless a destiny,
made at least one life worthwhile.
Mr. Ferreira is a Brazilian poet who writes in English rather than Portuguese. Recent works have appeared in Red Wolf Journal, Right Hand Pointing, Creative Talents Unleashed (Featured Poet), Indiana Voice Journal, The Lake, Young Ravens, Whispers, Every Day Poems, Dead Snakes, The Basil O’Flaherty (Featured Poet), among others. Ferreira lives in a small town with wife, three sons and a granddaughter and, unhurried, is collecting his works for a forthcoming book. He began to write at age 63 (nine years ago), after retirement as a Bank Manager.