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  • Yesterday for the first time appeared
    the first lines on the face of the earth
    contorted in the viscera
    the ships the waters
    multiply without end
    Catueté Curupira
    the forests are calling you
    to punish those who land
    and fell the animals and frighten the trees
    making them feel isolated


    in the middle of the woods
    the famished trees
    the dazzled trees
    in the middle of the woods
    in the middle of cement the trees implore you
    tamacueré yndayara Catueté Curupira

    many trees found famished
    recounting dark and fantastic tales
    of destroyed cities are the sole testimonies
    alive or half-alive of what remains of mankind
    tim tim he taya boya
    shadows in rigid curves
    the branches dry at the extremities
    stretch out to pick the most tender men
    devouring them

    Man frightened continues
    killing the green
    riding motorcycles
    that emanate a loud groan
    before starting up
    and make the animals run away
    The green continues to grow under the dust
    on trees covered with nails and lime
    the green is reborn in Spring
    insistent in its final cry. 
    Face without colour and without blood
    the rivers rot
    the old people witness frightened
    the conveniences and the will of the young
    the world shows its wounds through a device
    which repeats images of destruction.

    Catueté Curupira
    the forests are calling you.

    Márcia Theóphilo – 1975 

    English version by Hania Kochansky -2000