Of banana trees, orange trees
Coffee-trees, grapes, potato plantations;
Of corn, which gives us cachupa, couscous,
Of sugar cane
Which gives us grog and honey...
if the rain doesn’t fall
— the discouragement,
the tragedy of drought!
— the barren hillsides, the dry plains,
give out the rictus of a profound sorrow
and dream of flesh mummified in the sun.
— Oh! the drama of rain,
oh the discouragement.
of the drought!
Jorge Barbosa (1902 - 1971) Cape Verde
Translated by Luis R. Mitras
Source: Cape Verde: language, literature & music by Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 2003