Filhos grandes, adultos pequenos


Venturing Abroad

Um bebê elefante a nadar
deriva nas correntes à pernas enormes
areia do banho entre os dedos.
O salto noturno de um gato,
sem barulho, enquanto ela dorme,
com as garras recolhidas
as patas suavemente
ronronando nos sonhos da dona.

Big children, small adults

An elephant babe swimming
massive legs floating in streams
Washing sand between its toes.
A cat’s nocturnal leaping,
no noise, while she is sleeping,
with its claws well restrained
its paws so gently remain
purring in her mistress’ dreams.

• Translation:  F. Topa

Dr T.P. Wilkinson writes, teaches History and English, directs theatre and coaches cricket between the cradles of Heine and Saramago. He is also the author of Church Clothes, Land, Mission and the End of Apartheid in South Africa. Read other articles by T.P..