Day of the Downpour

Leonardo Fróes

When it rains this incessantly in the mountains

and water starts dripping inside the house and the leak 

increases and the sink gets blocked up and overflows,

when this insistent noise does not leave up

of water penetrating everything and rolling about,

I feel a total and violent lack of protection 

and I feel myself being dissolved as well

in this flooded house, I do not believe

myself solid: I go floating

like an inconstant wave in the current.


Fróes, Leonardo “The Catcher in the Persimmons”. Ottawa: FlipSide, 2017. p.03. Translation by Rob Packer.

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