Os vasos serenos / Serene Vases

Portuguese

Em porcelana cores vivem o par antigo
que se permite jogos de gesto e murmúrio
sem lascivia, despidos de ânsia.
Estão apenas ali, figurinhas de Saxe ou Delft,
enlevo de colecionadores,
registro de catálogos,
ausentes de amor, amor vitrificado.

REPRINTED FROM Farewell (Editora Record, © 1996)
WITH THE PUBLISHER’S PERMISSION

English Translation

In the colored porcelain lives an old couple
who allow themselves games of gestures and murmurs
without being lewd, free of anguish.
They are barely there, figurines of Saxe or Delft,
delighting the collectors,
listed in the catalogs,
lacking a love which has turned into glass.

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