Saturday, August 8, 2015

Silent Witnesses--By Edilson Afonso Ferreira--Brazil

Silent Witnesses

It is common our disputes about this and that.
Really, almost daily, we are at opposite sides.
Friends say we are not well-settled a couple,
and so misjudgment, I know, hurt us equally.
I look at you asleep and feel all friends’ error.
Who would bear testimony of us, I ask myself.
Walls and roofs by sure know our inmost life
but they do not speak, are invalid witnesses.
I ask them if just to me would they say of us.
They say of our confronts, furies, rough words
and revilements but also remember hugs and
hot kisses. Likewise, remember have listened
some words like it is cold out, dear, wear your
coat or don’t be late, darling; some little things
only beloved ones are capable to.
They say we are at hard and arduous a battle,
on pursuing, although scarce, a bit of true love.
They also say to keep the route and fear nothing.
Tiles and bricks, indeed, they are; but perceive,
unlike our best friends, the very plot of the play.

First published in TWJ Magazine, October 2014 

Edilson Afonso Ferreira is a Brazilian poet who writes in English rather than Portuguese, in order to reach more people. Has been published in four printed British Anthologies, online or printed venues like Cyclamens and Swords, Right Hand Pointing, Boston Poetry Magazine, West Ward Quarterly, TWJ Magazine, The Lake, The Stare’s Net, The Provo Canyon, Amomancies, Snapdragon, The Gambler and some others. Short listed in four American Poetry Contests, lives in a small town with wife, three sons and a granddaughter and began writing after retirement as a Bank Manager. See more of his poetry in


  1. Edilson,
    I like this poem very much. Great job and welcome to Whispers!
    Your new friend,
    David Fox

  2. I really enjoyed reading this fabulous write here this morning. You have a great way with words, I loved the way you wove your poem together. What a brilliant piece, great work,


    1. Dear Russell and David, thanks for your words. Note that it is my intent to make a response to the increase of married couple’s separations and divorces. See that I try to picture difficulties on married life and how, with even a little bit of faith we can go ahead together. Mainly (but not only by this case) having the couple’s offspring.

  3. Dear Edilson,

    It's good to see you already here at our online journal and that you already have two wonderful comments. You are a talented writer. Welcome to Whispers! I hope you enjoy your time spent here.


  4. Hi Edilson. Welcome to Whispers and thank you for sharing this awesome piece of poetry. Very descriptive and well-written. Continued blessings!

    -MJ (

  5. Well done, Edilson! Delighted to find you at Whispers, my friend! - Laura M Kaminski

  6. Thanks, Karen, Maurice and Laura. I'm thrilled by your kind words.