A salt stone 

becomes part of the ocean — very little! —

The soul remained lighter 

than the body.

The music, far beyond 

the instrument.

Of the lever, 

its reason of being: the impetus.

Only the seal remains, the finishing 

of the work.

The light which survives the star 

and is its crown.

The wonderful. The immortal.

What I lost was so little. 

But it was what I loved best.

LISBOA, Henriqueta. Poemas Escolhidos.  Chosen Poems.  Translations Hélcio Veiga Costa.  S.l.: s.ed., s.d.  134 p.  14×21 cm  Printed at Mai Editora, Belo Horizonte, MG.

Henriqueta Lisboa was born in Lambari, in Minas Gerais, Brazil. She was a professor of Universal Literature and Spanish-American Literature and was a member of the Mineira Academy of Letters.