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.