Message in a Bottle

First published on this website on 4 November 2014. First published in print 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 184 (English) and 185 (Portuguese translation by the editor). This poem also appeared privately in Ninety-Seven Poems in 1984. Originally written sometime before 1984.       +       +       +

Message in a Bottle

This poem of mine is really

        an old, tinted bottle,

        floating in the ocean.

Can you read the message in it,

        curled and yellow and parched?

Mensagem numa garrafa

Este poema meu é na verdade

        uma garrafa fumada, velha,

        a flutuar no oceano.

Consegue ler a mensagem nela contida,

        enrolada, amarela, encarquilhada?