Varsha 2022 Poems - Edilson Afonso Ferreira


Journeying on Earth

By Edilson Afonso Ferreira

We constitute a family and build our houses,
set up enterprises, give people jobs and hopes.
We plant vines, bridges and ports,
raise sheep and sons.

We throw up rails and roads, farms and cities,
churches, cathedrals and skyscrapers.
We spread life all around,
as if we were the owners of this world.

We plan our lives every day, for months
and years ahead, faithfully dreaming,
although fully aware that God, in spite
of having made us in his likeness,
has not given us neither eternal life,
nor his full sapience.

However, with sole and specific a love,
and steadfast a faith,
we have been able to move forward the heavy
and hard wheels of time,towards desired
and promised a new land.

The biblical one, where milk and honey flow
and evil never finds shelter, which lies,
we firmly believe, not far beyond
the horizon of blissful one day.


Edilson Afonso Ferreira is a Brazilian poet who writes in English rather than in Portuguese. Widely published in selected international literary journals in print and online. He is nominated for The Pushcart Prize and his first Poetry Collection, Lonely Sailor - One Hundred Poems - was published in London in 2018.


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