Dawn/Madrugada

*Dawn

Eu quis escrever um poema sobre o suicídio

But realized in time that I no longer wanted to commit

My hand to it.

The pen is curious, mas o corpo quer viver.

No dia em que isso aconteceu, I was so sure

that my hand wouldn’t be able to write death

that I gave up.

Fechei os olhos and waited until dawn.

 

Madrugada

I wanted to write a poem about suicide

Mas me dei conta de que eu não queria mais unir

Minha mão ao ato.

A caneta é curiosa, but o corpo wants to live.

The day it happened, eu estava tão certa

que meu corpo não ia aguentar escrever a morte

que eu desisti.

I closed my eyes e esperei até o amanhecer.

 

Dawn

I wanted to write a poem about suicide

But realized in time that I no longer wanted to commit

My hand to it.

 

The pen is curious, but the body wants to live.

 

The day it happened, I was so sure

that my hand wouldn’t be able to write death

that I gave up.

 

I closed my eyes and waited until dawn.

 

Madrugada

Eu quis escrever um poema sobre o suicídio

Mas me dei conta de que eu não queria mais unir

Minha mão ao ato.

 

A caneta é curiosa, mas o corpo quer viver.

 

No dia em que isso aconteceu, eu estava tão certa

que meu corpo não ia aguentar escrever a morte

que eu desisti.

 

Fechei os olhos e esperei até o amanhecer.

Desiree Jung

*Note: Observe the linguistic experiment, the mixture of Portuguese and English, in the first pair. The second pair presents the poem separately in the two languages. 

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About Ijagun Poetry Journal

Ijagun Poetry Journal is a quarterly journal that provides a platform from which we can tell our own stories in the authenticity of their multiplicity through the poetic medium. We don’t want to hear these stories from our master “griots” alone; we want to hear from those mastering their art, too. Hence, we aim at publishing new and emerging poets. We also welcome the works of established poets in order to encourage the poetic genius of those mastering poetic art. We prize original works that conform to, break or reinvent conventions. Again, we accept reviews and critical essays on poetry. We also accept powerful art works and photographs that make us appreciate the "poetry" in everything.
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