Poems From The Portuguese

American dream

American dream

My great grandfather only wanted to go via Portugal
and then cross over the Atlantic.
But he had to settle for calling his first daughter America.

© Translated by Ana Hudson, 2010

Sonho Americano

O meu bisavô queria apenas passar por Portugal
e depois atravessar o Atlântico.
Mas teve de se contentar com chamar América à primeira filha.

In Criatura nº 4, 2009

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