The normal dimensions vanished long ago,
and except for secrets covered in a skin
of words, we were left with only three.
Under every door in Marimbondo,
a letter of demand appeared, stamped
By hydraulic decree, the Itaipu
catchment will expand.
Marimbondo will be submerged
and you must leave.
You’ll be rehoused in tents at Alta Vista.
And so it went. With resignation and mementos
in our barrows, all that’s treasured and worthless,
we said our wet farewells
to the amphibious ghosts
Within a year, another notice, countersigned,
was nailed to a suitable trumpet tree.
Alta Vista’s landscape will be gouged
by great machines,
cut and opened up in a festering
of iron ore and bauxite.
We’ve built another home
especially for you:
a sloping shanty town
PS: Do not take the tents we loaned to you.
When its one and only summer was on the rise,
the Omégaville cats were climbing every tree.
Oxen, wild boar, and dogs were on the roofs
of every house,
some for shorter times than others,
according to the universe’s gravitation constant
applied to sheets of tin and cardboard.
Nature always seeks a balance
between us and her destruction.
She has no scales,
but like her sister-in-law, Justiça,
she wears a blindfold.
And so that summer,
no birds flew, they walked
or took the bus
and paid half price.
Inquisitive strangers visited,
airbnb’ed,* stole photons,
and conjectured with the internet’s authority:
The wildlife has sensed
the upper anomalies,
problems with a circular horizon,
the obvious facts that no-one states.
By season’s end, the general public had joined in too,
climbing fences, power poles and towers,
howling at the moon with hopeful expectation.
Only a single option remains,
announced the Delegado in a special broadcast
from the battlements of his imitation castle,
The government wants the best for you.
But he didn’t say what that option was.
to continue a little
*Airbnb™ has a different meaning in Omégaville.
Although “Omégaville” uses some real Brazilian locations and events, it’s fantasy, and not particular to that country.
blind nature (detail above)