São Paulo Bus Stop Musings


Desculpa,
Eu não falo Portuguese
Conversations held at the mercy of Google translate
Experiment she says,
And I understand she means taste,
So I indulge

Being schooled on Ethiopia
By a Haitian in Brazil…
Only in this world

Respect revenged with disrespect
Waving to a stranger
Who returns the courtesy with uncalled for cat calls
That henceforth go ignored

Inappropriate words
You let pass you by
Perhaps because lost in translation
But perhaps more so because
You never know what sets off the schizophrenia

Deceiving façade
Dancing waters
Layered gardens
Green walls
Hanging pots

Befriended by a couple in their 20s
Enchanted by rooftop views
Italy and Brazil meet in Ireland
To learn English…
Only in this world

Drug stores on every corner
Arts spill into the streets here
Color and commentary guide

Too many languages competing in my head
You have to chew your words here
Trabalho as art
Living is art
Art is living

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