A Poem by Edilson Afonso Ferreira: On Brothers, Journeys, and Faith

On Brothers, Journeys, and Faith

Beyond that corner,

beyond my neighborhood,

besides my town and roads abroad,

even above these clouds

and distant worlds,

there are people I’ll never know about.

They don’t feel how much I love them,

for I’m sure we’re all brothers,

conceived on that primeval wellspring,

long, long ago, on that sainted sixth day

of the divine journey of creation.

Since then, by meager strengths

and unlimited one faith,

we’ve been colonizing our dear earth,

on our own journey pursuing,

day after day, the promised new land.

The biblical one, where honey and milk flow,

which, I believe, we’ll encounter not so far

from the horizon of an upcoming happy day.

~Edilson Afonso Ferreira

(Previously published in Tree House Arts, April 11, 2018.)

Brazilian poet Edilson Afonso Ferreira writes in English rather than in Portuguese. Largely published in international journals in print and online, he began writing at age 67. He was nominated for the Pushcart Prize 2016. His first poetry collection, Lonely Sailor, with one hundred poems, was published in November, 2018.

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