BANQUET

In Fatherland's anniversary

the banquet

is served tepid

by ladies very well dressed

frigid

and plump



everybody clamps

under a Requiem's rhythm of plates

glasses

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)


BELCH

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!

stunned

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)