Searching for Answers in Brazil

the sound of waves matches wind
the sound of seal reminds me of eagles collided
how does the blind man know where he is?
how does he smell when the cupcakes are done?
i feel like a walk

today i got lost in the pouring rain
while you were locked inside a random building
watching the world cup, watching one man
make one of those kicks where you
see him take over the world

relaxing in the pool on a gorgeous day
the woman who approached me was demented
and she talked and she talked and i couldn’t escape
looking for the failure in the fireworks

In Brazil the dancing men are definitely the sons of Yorubamen
swirling over and under each other’s legs uninjured
there is reversal in this but i don’t know where
no harm done to any and that’s what matters

along the river one hears steel guitar
and flamenco plus traditional drums
he wants to recreate Roosevelt’s journey
ignoring of the danger of malaria even today
Henry Ford tried to create utopia here
no wonder country people look frightened of the plane
the fish and fruit are endless-whole thing a mystery
my question would be why on earth
would anyone ever want to change it

“We can see, said the scientist, that
the needs of all living creatures,
have been provided for in space and time.”
not quite sure if what he said made any
sense, but it sounded good and indeed
everyone accepted it without question

as indeed we seem to accept without question
a need to throw away hundreds of thousands;
of people, the families out of buildings in order
to provide us with a better soccer field

Gail Wolper

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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