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28 Portuguese Poets
A Bilingual Anthology

Translated from the Portuguese by Richard Zenith and Alexis Levitin

Paper $19.50    |    978-1-910251-00-3    |    2015

"Requiem for a Dog" by Ruy Belo
Dog that each morning sniffed the street
the grass the pebbles gravel and paving stones
the scraps of food the scraps of morning
the fallen rain converted into a kind of halo for the earth
dog that sniffed all of this dog that sniffs none of this
It took but a second for you to be sandwiched
squeezed squashed and flattened
by the unfeeling wheels of a massive truck
Tell me or bark at me what you had and now don’t have
or use some modern means of communication
to explain dog what spark disappeared from your eyes
what’s missing from your body still the very same body
just packed up or freeze-dried
You were alive and you died that’s all and your owners
if you had any always talked when they talked of you
in the present now they’ll talk in the past
Something changed from one moment to the next
something of scant importance for those who pass by
oblivious even to the morning’s halo their minds focused
on practical things on upcoming things
dog that died so doggishly
dog that died and that makes me think of stopping until
the policeman tells me to keep on moving
So what happened? A dog just a dog that was and now isn’t

  28 Portuguese Poets

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