Thursday, January 22, 2015

Not listening

I listen, at first,
to a presentation, informal,
on the business climate in Brazil,
and I think Rio, I feel the hot sands
of Ipanema and Copacabana
under my feet and the smells
of carnival’s flamboyance
and excess assault my nose until
I turn to the mountain
with its huge statue of Jesus
welcoming all with his arms
rigidly straight, not unlike
his arms on the cross.

Photograph of the statue of Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, via