This pain is very ancient.

A Colossus of Rhodes, seen from above,

The British Museum, the Taj Mahal,

Sugar Loaf, Atacama, a park in Peru


Once it knew by heart the Bhagavad Gita,

The midday prayer,

The Torah, the Necronomicon,

The inscriptions on Ikhnaton’s tomb.


On the sands it suffered the Grail.

It felt the remorse of the sea.


It looks like Khephra, seen

from the front, and from the side like no one.

Yesterday it seemed more ancient. Today, not even

blue: it doesn’t look like anything.


Rodrigo Garcia Lopes (Translated by Marco Alexandre de Oliveira)


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