João Luís Barreto Guimarães - SICILY

There were figs
and olive trees. Messina had been taken
by Carthaginian boats
the way morning coffee occupies
the space in the air.
There were apricots and almonds. Nearby
in Syracuse
(using his own body)
Archimedes demonstrated how water
is incompressible.
We held hands and touched feet.
There were citrus trees and cypresses.
I don’t know if vineyards.

Translated by Calvin Olsen