Mother’s Tears • Rafaela Ferracuti

I wanted to go up the hill
To reach the moon

I wanted to be yours
Without the floods
Overwhelming my heart

I wanted to hug the motherland
With the sweat of my
Rio Dubliner

I am a drop
In this sea of expectations
Miserably salty

Life is an eternal tide
Coming in and out
Sometimes low
Sometimes high

Rafaela Ferracuti is from Rio de Janeiro and under the astrological sign of Cancer, she explores comedy and drama on the stage of life. Collector of words rescued from the bottom of her throat, she is daughter of polyglots, confirming that her passion for letters and arts runs through her veins. In writing, Rafaela proposes to connect sentimental worlds by creating word games in different languages. For more of her poems:

• Translation by Paola Benevides

[This poem was published in our first issue • “Connections Brazil & Ireland” • in Dec 2020]