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The House

Written by Carlos Ramos

Translated from Portuguese by the Poet

Narrated by Bill Wolak


I bound my lips to your destiny
thus begin certain two-mouthed stories
someone dips the hands in the water
and builds a house
dreams and shudders
along the deep places
of seascapes.
This is how certain two-mouthed stories begin
the lips remember, they feed
panic in the deep fear of love
and the bodies inhabit various lights
the hours pass and nothing ends
the heart owns time
and the irrational bars of the tongues
that say words that don’t arrive
to feed the bird
that receives us at the right altitude
and we united in the primordial emotion
of the early days of the creation of the world
we put various bricks and woods
blood, saliva and tears
and we build the house with two mouths.



Carlos Ramos was born in Peniche, Portugal. He graduated with a degree in Law, and became a writer, translator, and photographer. He was a founding partner of VIRTUAL – Associação de Fotógrafos.



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