I wish I could talk to you in languages
Touch you in Wolof
Kiss your body in Lingala
Love you in BambaraI wish I could talk to you in my own voices
And with my music
Those sounds which burn in our soul
So, smiling in Chokwe
Play with you in Swahili
I dream of venting my being
In Fula, Mandang
And after that, loose myself in the between, in your Yoruba
Remember in Umbundo
Come in Kimbundo
But, oh no, I only speak Portuguese
Colonial languages
And the post-colonial conditions
And freedom?
Which language to speak?
Which chant to sing?
Can silence translate it?
Can space contain it?

*Translated from Portuguese by Alyxandra Gomes