First published in Egret, Foster City, California: Press Here, 1989. Also published in Afagando a Face de Lorca [Stroking Lorca’s Face], edited by Francisco José Craveiro de Carvalho, Lajes do Pico, Portugal: Companhia das Ilhas [Island Company], 2020, pages 182 (English) and 183 (Portuguese translation by the editor).       +       +       +

at a
station
near
the metro
petals
on a
brittle
dry bough
looking
for the
blossoms
of a
cherry
finding
pits

numa
estação
perto
do metro
pétalas
num
frágil
galho seco
à procura
das
flores
de uma
cerejeira
e a encontrar
caroços