Suddenly, a grain of sand invades an oyster,
peacefully lying in the depths of the oceans,
unhappy a route accident.
Then, in order to protect itself from irritation,
oyster quickly covers uninvited visitor with layers
and layers of nacre, mineral by which is fashioned
its internal shell.
The grain of sand gains a fine coat, what performs
iridescent and stunning one pearl.
Some route accidents like this permeate our lives,
on unexpected days and by unexpected intruders.
Perhaps by a similar way we have made our pearls:
memorable statues, symphonies and sonnets.
Mr. Ferreira is a Brazilian poet who writes in English rather than Portuguese. Recent works have appeared in Red Wolf Journal, Right Hand Pointing, Creative Talents Unleashed (Featured Poet), Indiana Voice Journal, The Lake, Young Ravens, Whispers, Every Day Poems, Dead Snakes, The Basil O’Flaherty (Featured Poet), among others. Ferreira lives in a small town with wife, three sons and a granddaughter and, unhurried, is collecting his works for a forthcoming book. He began to write at age 63 (nine years ago), after retirement as a Bank Manager.