Category: My Pen

Na última vez que estive contigo

Na última vez que estive contigo fomos as duas andar de baloiço no parque. Os Cinzentos mandaram-nos olhares reprovadores e nós comentámos o bom que era termo-nos uma à outra como companhia para andar de baloiço no meio da cidade e que os deviam fazer para adultos também. Porque, num mundo que nos torna monocromáticos ...

What Inktober can teach you

If you have never heard of it before, I will tell you now: Inktober is by far the coolest living challenge on the internet. Created in 2009, the idea is fairly simply (as most good things are): to make one ink drawing a day during the entire month of October. There's an official prompt, with ...

The Visitors

It wasn't like this before. We were never modern or trendy only feeding off old glories of dead sailors and football stars. So we liked having you here: the wealthy relatives who never held us in any regard. But now you come to visit all the time. There is no more sitting outside with a ...

Seeds

The eyes In my mind See all the skies I've crossed Since they were left behind Can you see All the seeds you left Inside me How they grow Do you know It is all you I am turning into.

Consultadoria

De cabeleireira farfalhuda cortada à tigela, tem um quê de Ringo Starr se tivesse tirado Gestão. O ângulo do perfil parece completamente à mercê do nariz e do seu esforço consciente em manter-se elevado - o que, é sabido, mostra ao mundo como somos conhecedores e capazes. Mas quando se afasta do portátil anda e ...

in reality

in reality music is more fitting for the measures of this heart but I cannot play all the keys it wants to say so I let it start with these silent songs

Mais, por favor

Quando era pequena, o meu pai tentou (exaustivamente) convencer-me a ter aulas de aikido. "Não quero! Quero ser bailarina!", protestava eu. "O aikido é quase uma dança," argumentava o meu pai "vais ver que vais gostar." Mas a Marta de 8 anos não queria saber. A Marta de 8 anos queria era lantejoulas, dançar em ...

Viver com Esclerose Múltipla

O próximo dia 31 de Maio marca o Dia Mundial da Esclerose Múltipla. Para assinalar a data, a Sociedade Portuguesa de Esclerose Múltipla (SPEM) organizou uma exposição no jardim exterior do Centro Comercial Colombo que, para além de querer divulgar a doença e as várias formas de apoio, tenta, principalmente, mostrar-nos o que é viver ...

primordial

It breathes ancient, this thing. It stirs and it rings and pours out of my skin. There's a tempest within. I should hold down the lid but can't sail this ship while lost drunk on longing. The sails rip at the seams. My lips holding the seeds I can't sow - for now. Can the ...

Bag Lady

Too many bags with too much baggage back from when your heart was savage and oblivious. A bag of lights A bag of doubts An empty bag on where to shout. The bag of tricks you've since collected - their smoke and mirrors have now deflected. So pile it up and build a pyre Make ...

Amélia dos olhos doces

Há cerca de 3 anos atrás, decidi colaborar com a Associação Mais Proximidade Melhor Vida (MPMV) e voluntariei-me para visitas semanais a um(a) idoso/a a ser designado. Alistei a amiga Stella e, pouco tempo depois, fomos informadas de que iriamos visitar uma octagenária "bastante culta, que fala com a família por Skype, por Facebook e por ...

74 x 34 x 60 mm

Dimensões conservadas. Discretamente heterogéneo apenas. Linha sem alterações intrínsecas. Septação fúndica já conhecida já alvo de intervenção. Cavidade virtual. Pequenas imagens líquidas infracentimétricas simples. Visibilidade anexial direita mais satisfatória do que a esquerda. Douglas livre.

that’s how the light gets in

Last week I went to the photo store to develop a black & white film I had completely forgotten about. "We're sorry, but the pictures are ruined," they told me. "There must have been light coming into the film at one point, and only one photo made it. Do you still want us to print ...

O Pai

em·pa·ti·a (grego empátheia, -as, paixão) substantivo feminino Forma de identificação intelectual ou afectiva de um sujeito com uma pessoa, uma ideia ou uma coisa (ex.: a empatia entre os voluntários e a população local era evidente; assistimos à perfeita empatia entre piano e violino). in Dicionário Priberam da Língua Portuguesa   Esta semana, a Associação ...

Make Good Art

There is a crack in everything That's how the light gets in. Leonard Cohen, Anthem   There is tremendous power in joy. It recharges you. It can be used as a shield against big, bad, scary creatures that threaten you with darkness. Better yet, it can be stored for subsequent use when these gloomy creatures ...

‘Lady of the Sea’ – Jonah

[For the previous chapters, check the Lady of the Sea's main page] What a useless little vermin, thought Isola to herself. That is the problem with the overly ambitious and under-intelligent: they act hastily and on impulse. 'Planning' is too big a word to fit in their tiny little skulls. Not that Peafowl knew any ...

Maiden, Mother & Crone: Neil Gaiman’s Ocean

[Book review may contain spoilers] A few lifetimes ago I used to study and practice certain rites at the fringe of reality. Mostly, the focus would be on the history of arcane knowledge and beliefs throughout the various periods of mankind but, more often than not, I'd plunge into them myself. I have long since ...

Back to basics

My first real attempts at drawing only started a little after I turned 30. Just like with photography (and those teenage oh-so-deep-and-observant writing drafts), my absolute favourite theme has always been people. Even during the age of analogue film photography, when a film roll of 36 photos would last you a year, my friends would often ...

Isidora & Censorship

No one has the right to spend their life without being offended. Nobody has to read this book. Nobody has to pick it up. Nobody has to open it. And if you open it and read it, you don’t have to like it. And if you read it and you dislike it, you don’t have ...

Brave Delusions

Being stuck at home with a broken foot is as good an excuse as any to catch up on some movie watching and I couldn't resist the recent Florence Foster Jenkins, with the acting genius that is Meryl Streep, about the socialite, erm, singer. Known worldwide for her terrible, dissonant singing, lady Florence was an enthusiast of ...

Back to the 80s

[Disclaimer: the following post is spoiler free.] This is the age of nostalgia. I don't just say it because I'm no longer in my tweens and, like so many other thirty-somethings decades before me, think that the times and culture of my youth were a thousand times better than what they are now - that is ...

‘Lady of the Sea’ – The Island

[For the previous chapters, check the Lady of the Sea's main page] It had an unusual shape, almost resembling a perfect circle - one that had been half-bitten off. When the tide was high, it looked like the letter C. When it was low, as it was now, it had a lovely, spacious beach. A ...

The Other Martha

Woke up to a could-be-worse movie about her and Hemingway this morning - sadly, it is also the most common result when you run a search for the lady on YouTube. The great Martha Gellhorn is high on my list of Women I Want to be Like When I Grow Up. With a tremendous amount ...

‘Lady of the Sea’ – The Messenger

[For the previous chapters, check the Lady of the Sea's main page] All the ship's crew was up and gathered around the rear. They were chattering and pointing excitedly, as if they couldn't believe their eyes. Azov walked towards them, looking very annoyed. This was no attack, or else they would all be in their ...

‘Lady of the Sea’ – The Cell

After having been dragged down to the Queen's dungeons, Peafowl was thrown into an empty cell by two brutes with no obvious respect for nobility. The place was dark and damp and the air smelled of something Peafowl couldn't quite name but that he was sure someone somewhere used as a potent fertilizer. "Here you ...