Carla Sofia Ferreira

Rather I shall remember you in days to come

when the small courtyard is covered in snow and the night

is filled with silence— you will be like the flower I first stole

from the branches of the magnolia tree, bursting

with pink and violet and white waxen petals so violently

pulsing with earthly life; that freshness of crushed

flower enters the air mixing with the sweat of dancers’

hands and midspring’s humidity. So shall I remember you,

once gone, the blue of your bright gaze and the warmth

of your hands—held in mine for one still minute and let go

of, softly like the magnolia flower which could not stay,

but lingered beautifully and brought with it

the memory of every spring,

short lasting and crisply new.

Carla Sofia Ferreira is the daughter of Portuguese immigrants and a poet from the Ironbound community in Newark, New Jersey. At Harvard College, she was selected to write a creative thesis in poetry, from which several poems about city trees grew. Since then, she has taught English in France, researched the messy ties between Walt Whitman and T. S. Eliot, and currently teaches high school English language development to immigrant students in the Bay Area. Her poems appear in Awkward Mermaid, Adelaide, Shot Glass Journal, Written River, Off the Coast, and The Lascaux Review.