Poems From The Portuguese

A PARALLEL LIFE

A PARALLEL LIFE

No train will take us
this far: a dead city

still alive in a rare song.
Listen to its teaching words

and to all the things it shows
yet again: the night, the return

to the borrowed room,
the book-stuffed basements

of Charing Cross Road
and the weather outside

so cold.

© Translated by Ana Hudson, 2012

A VIDA PARALELA

Nenhum comboio nos leva
tão longe: uma cidade morta

vive ainda na rara canção.
Escuta as palavras que ensina

e todas as coisas que volta
a mostrar: a noite, o regresso

ao quarto emprestado,
as caves com livros

de Charing Cross Road
e o tempo lá fora

tão frio.

in Ladrador, 2012

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