an old umbrella

umbrella under the shade ©papa osmubal

umbrella under the shade ©papa osmubal


an old umbrella

carlos marreiros

wire’s bony frame
hidden by rag
a bit of skin
wind’s arms
belly is nothing

rags of everything and of nothing
existence denied
torn handkerchief, bloodstained
abundance of being, being
of nothing

on the hill
of last night’s rubbish
empty hands of the beggar’s carcass
surrendered to its own condition
failure, inferior, unjust
after all the attempts
impossible yet

not yet thirty
but centuries past
caverns in the pre-historic face
archaeology fossilised
in inscriptions of the skin

it was the corpse of time
of all the times
the watch of eternity
pointing to the zero
of words misapprehended

the point where everything begins
and everything ends
the condensation of all and of nothing, and all at once
where there is no history
neither does age make sense


Macao, 1980

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