• Looking at me someone will try
    to size up my bright body
    but I, the leafy munguba, I
    am even wider:
    my flowers are large,
    white, yellow or pink
    cannot be appraised with one look
    Lights and shadows dilate me,
    they dilute me in the great river,
    in the marshy soil
    I fertilise embryos made of light
    and unique colours.
    Seed and fruit, transmutating bodies
    ferruginous vermilion
    in my entrails I concentrate energies
    and attract appetite, the ravenous lust
    for cutias, for parrots, for monkeys.
    In the warm breath of tropical waters
    on my branches, thousands
    of feathers and down, rainbows of birds
    are singing their dreams of seduction.

    Márcia Theóphilo, 2000
    English version by Riccardo Duranti