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THE FEAR

THE FEAR
Every day I picture you dead.
Splayed between two traffic cones,
unresponsive. Punched into prayer
beneath a windscreen's cracked sky.
Face down in a puddle of yourself.
If you're two minutes late, I sense
police on the porch,
their loaded lips.

We are laughing lovers
in the reconstruction, just
moments before the attack.
The happy times. Pre-crash.

Last night, in bed, your arms
hurt like a jolted seatbelt.

///

O MEDO

Imagino-te morto todos os dias.
Esparramado entre dois cones de trânsito,
inconsciente. Amarfanhado a orar
debaixo do céu estilhaçado do para-brisas.
Cara mergulhada no charco de ti próprio.
Dois minutos mais tarde, sinto
a polícia no alpendre,
de lábios crespos.

Somos amantes risonhos
em reconstrução, justamente
momentos antes do ataque.
Tempos felizes. Antes da colisão.

A noite passada, na cama, os teus braços
doeram como um cinto de segurança solto.

by Caroline BIRD, in "THE POETRY REVIEW", Volume 105:2, Summer 2015

(Portuguese translated by Armando TABORDA, 2015)

(photo taken from Internet - published under the fair use doctrine for non-commercial educational purposes)

(post 1st edition, 2015; 2nd edition, 2017; 3rd edition, 2020)
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buonacoppi, Annemarie, Roger (Grisly), ╰☆☆June☆☆╮ and 12 other people have particularly liked this photo


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 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Something To think about: the picture and the words !
6 years ago.
Armando Taborda club
has replied to Ulrich John club
you are right, Ulrich :)

the great Caroline's poem is almost of morbid beauty. I think a text with such sensibility expression could only be written by a lady!?
6 years ago. Edited 6 years ago.
 Armando Taborda
Armando Taborda club
Thanks for fave, goandgo!
6 years ago.
 beverley
beverley
food for thought as we say .... each and every day .... !
6 years ago.
Armando Taborda club
has replied to beverley
what a nice saying, Bev!

you should be proud of Caroline!
6 years ago.
 Armando Taborda
Armando Taborda club
Je te remercie le fave, Le miroir de l'aube!
6 years ago.
 .t.a.o.n.
.t.a.o.n.
take care, my friend ! ;-)
6 years ago.
Armando Taborda club
has replied to .t.a.o.n.
Ever, my friend! :)
6 years ago.
 Armando Taborda
Armando Taborda club
Thanks for fave, Lorenzo Salmonson!
6 years ago.
 Armando Taborda
Armando Taborda club
Je te remercie le fave, Nouchetdu38!
5 years ago.
 Armando Taborda
Armando Taborda club
Je te remercie le fave, Christine!
5 years ago.
 Armando Taborda
Armando Taborda club
Thanks for fave and invitation, aNNa schramm!
5 years ago.
 Steve Bucknell
Steve Bucknell club
Drive carefully when in bed.
19 months ago.
Armando Taborda club
has replied to Steve Bucknell club
I can't drive anymore in bed! I'm an old man! :)
19 months ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Un grand poème .. Beauté EXPRESSIVE de grand sensibilité.
Mes meilleurs vœux de bonheur...Bonne Année bonne santé.
19 months ago.
Armando Taborda club
has replied to Malik Raoulda club
Je suis d'accord avec toi, Malik! Un grand poème!

Le mieux pour toi et ta famille en 2021!
19 months ago.
 Xata
Xata club
O medo... curioso sentimento, devo ser anormal porque nunca senti. Desespero, tristeza, chorar baba e ranho sim, mas medo naõ me lembro ter sentido alguma vez.
Nem do vírus, esse medo que tentam instilar-nos por todos os meios...
Festejem a passagem com todo o vosso amor, o que vier depois... 2021... a seu tempo se verá.
19 months ago.
Armando Taborda club
has replied to Xata club
A sorte protege os audazes! Por isso não tens medo! Vamos todos ver se temos sorte suficiente para nos mantermos temerários em 2021! Beijo!
19 months ago. Edited 19 months ago.
 Armando Taborda
Armando Taborda club
Je te remercie le fave, vero!
19 months ago.
 vero
vero club
je te souhaite de tous mon coeur de bonnes fetes de fin d'année à vous deux et vos proches de gros bisous
19 months ago.
Armando Taborda club
has replied to vero club
Le mieux possible pour toi et ta famille, Vero!
19 months ago.
 ╰☆☆June☆☆╮
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Happy New Year 2021.
Stay safe and well my friend.

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19 months ago.
Armando Taborda club
has replied to ╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
HNY to you and your family as well, June!
19 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Thoughtful words and image Armando.

I wish you and yours a Happy and Healthy New Year
19 months ago.
Armando Taborda club
has replied to Roger (Grisly) club
Thanks very much, Roger! HNY to you and your family as well!
19 months ago.
 Annemarie
Annemarie club
!!!!!Wish you a safe, healthy and blessed 2021 ❤️
19 months ago.
Armando Taborda club
has replied to Annemarie club
Thanks very much, Annemarie! HNY to you and your family as well!
19 months ago.
 Armando Taborda
Armando Taborda club
Thanks for fave, buonacoppi!
19 months ago.

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