Gabriel

Gabriel will you teach me
how to dance the forró

I was wading
in the river the first time I saw you
you with your guitar on the bank

Gabriel
did you warn me then against the ways of men
or had I already fallen asleep

you traced
the lines of my palm
carried me from the river

the people from the carnival came to play
by the riverbank
where are you from I asked them
many places we are always travelling

Anunciación greeted you with
three nail wounds of joy

I want to ask the archangel
what does one do

but where is he the archangel
we do not speak the same tongue
I do not know where to place the accent on his name