paladin, 17 (english poetry)


Writing poems has, slowly, become a ritualistic exercise of hindering the velocity of my mind-dialectic, give it a shape, try to understand what it is I’m trying to reach. I rarely ever reach it. Various elements go missing, and I end up scouring a wreckage more-so than exploring an inner architecture. That is the thing, though, things don’t often come out as they are, and less often come out as they should, but it’s still important that they do.

The “you” element is not something I ordinarily use in English poetry, I don’t always like the form it takes in English, as it feels more dual than I believe it should. This poem, however, as all of those I’ve recently published, is translated from its Portuguese original. Don’t judge it too harshly, he is not from here, you see…

Endless gratitude for reading
João-Maria.

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A tick clinging to the bristles of a purple boar.

6 thoughts on “paladin, 17 (english poetry)”

  1. I like it! You have chosen well. It is a very informative look into the ‘soul,’ so to speak, of an individual grappling with his own mortality and the fact that one day, he will die. Maybe I am wrong, but that is what it seems to be about, to me. Thank you for translating, and sharing!

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    1. Thank you so much, T.K., it certainly isn’t my most brilliant of works, haha, but I have so much written that I can’t bring myself to publish because I don’t see it as worthwhile.
      It’s very warming to be met with your kindness.

      Like

  2. “..I end up scouring a wreckage more-so than exploring an inner architecture.”
    I do believe this is, at least, partially true of any type of artist.
    Well said..!!

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  3. “Writing poems has, slowly, become a ritualistic exercise of hindering the velocity of my mind-dialectic”. This is so true! Writing poems is a way of lending shape from to my inner dialogue and finding a way to give power to my voice! Thanks for articulating this so well!

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