João Luís Barreto Guimarães - BETWEEN ETHEREAL AND EARTHLY

Deus sive Natura

the morning of the storm we left to assess the damages
(replace rocks in walls
pluck twigs from the ground). The
of Nature disturbed the previous order
like a sign of excess when
on the morning after you look closer and perceive
the misconceptions
of last night. Left over from the tempest’s strength
only pain and silence (at the feet
of an umbrella pine heaven and earth defeated:
a mouse and a
sparrow are the visible memory of the blind
devastation) as if
a starting over was only possible should
ethereal and earthly both
dare to take a loss. A
god adjusts equilibrium destroying its creation—
someone has to die early so the
rest of us outlive.

Translated by Calvin Olsen