by Antonio Gil April. 19, 2016 3073 views


A man reaches close
and lifts a quarter
from inside a girl’s ear,
from her hands takes a dove
she didn’t know was there.
Which amazes more,
you may wonder:
the quarter’s serrated murmur
against the thumb
or the dove’s knuckled silence?
That he found them,
or that she never had,
or that in Portugal,
this same half-stopped moment,
it’s almost dawn,
and a woman in a wheelchair
is singing a fado
that puts every life in the room
on one pan of a scale,
itself on the other,
and the copper bowls balance.

Jane Hirshfield’s poem “Fado” speaks of yearning. The poem is titled after a type of Portuguese music of longing made popular by sailors who missed loved ones while away at sea. In the poem, Hirshfield paints a portrait of a woman in a wheelchair singing a fado in a “half-stopped moment” when dawn is just beginning to light the skies. Those in the club with her are silent as she sings her song. The wheelchair imagery suggests brokenness at the heart of the poem.

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Renato Martins 3 years, 4 months ago

Por algumas razões vai para os favoritos, por exemplo: Bom enquadramento, preto e branco, o jogo luz sombras e a homenagem à guitarra portuguesa... com certeza! :)

3 years, 4 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 3 years, 4 months ago

Striking image. Poignant story of longing. Bravo!

3 years, 4 months ago Edited
Tomie Poodle 3 years, 5 months ago

Une musique sombre, intense et puissante comme la photo.

3 years, 5 months ago Edited
Marsha 3 years, 5 months ago

Stark contrast in light and shadows....nice work....

3 years, 5 months ago Edited
Gonia 3 years, 5 months ago

very pretty, very interesting. how little I know about your country....

3 years, 5 months ago Edited
Ros Mercury 3 years, 5 months ago

Great musical instrument and your words are very deep!

3 years, 5 months ago Edited
Julie Domingo 3 years, 5 months ago

love the shadows :)

3 years, 5 months ago Edited
Evalizette Hansson 3 years, 5 months ago

Strong and beautiful Antonio,amazing words to your picture!

3 years, 5 months ago Edited
Teo Montana 3 years, 5 months ago

Great find!

3 years, 5 months ago Edited
Gillian Parsons 3 years, 5 months ago

Quite deeps thoughts.........................the capture shows the feelings

3 years, 5 months ago Edited
Marilyn Grimble 3 years, 5 months ago

Blimey - I'll have bad dreams!

3 years, 5 months ago Edited
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