In Fatherland's anniversary

the banquet

is served tepid

by ladies very well dressed


and plump

everybody clamps

under a Requiem's rhythm of plates


cutlery and candlesticks

played to commend the souls of the national poets

dead or alive.

(to read the original Portuguese version of these texts please click on the above image)


Express everything in a blow

inspire the mystery from the slow and inexorable air

till it get lost in the stomach

afterwards expire it through an oh!


smothered in the throat.

by Armando TABORDA, in VIOLA DELTA, Volume XLIII, Mic Editors & Authors, 2006

(both texts illustrated by Fernando Grade)

(1st edition, 2008; 2nd edition, 2017)