Rock in sudden
Thousands of parrots
and rock echoed.
steely screams rained
and rained down.
Very piercing screams!
before the sun tans
of mutual understanding. The wings
of the angel clenched by peace. The dove
which perches upon the offered palm. The moon
that has forgotten the clouds and is still
in an unadorned intimacy. The soft
and white knot of friendship. The nest
that closes itself—perfect.
—Translated from the Portuguese by Hélico Veiga Costa