Soyons Discrets - label
The Alphabet - The Letter 'E'
V. Cardadossi - Shooting Star
MANHA DE CARNAVAL
I am unable to do anything about it.
I stare for hours at the ocean.
I have been taken. My thought
Listening to translations from
A language made of magic and swift gestures
Captured from dances performed
By a hooded crowd who insist
We know them but they do not
Know time and we show the tattoos
Of time all too clearly.
I am going to walk away from this
For a moment. I am in danger of
Falling too far and becoming water,
Totally water, once again.
I saw spirits moving as clouds
Toward an infinite tomorrow.
I am unable to recall if we arrived
Here to do something special like dying
Or if there was to be a fiesta
That had another ending, a sky filled
With fireworks. We have seen such
Things as we are not allowed to
Even attempt in explanations.
I sharpen my knives. There will
Come a time when a dagger will
Hold all the language, when we
Will garb ourselves for inclement
Weather and find our horses.
This might be a story but it does
Have horses. So we might want to
Leave before we know too
Much to begin insisting on a dawn,
A special fire that really gives
Nothing away at all.
And so I think I’m telling you a story
But it seems all about a carnival
That happens tomorrow in a poem
Left in a book so very long ago.