Brazil, 1991

Such a sweet dream. I dreamed
I was having a conversation
with the great poets—Manuel
Bandeira and Carlos Drummond
de Andrade. “I was born
tired, hungry, and cold,” I said.
And Drummond answered, “I too.”

Copyright © 1993 by Lloyd Schwartz. This poem originally appeared in Harvard Magazine, March 1993. Used with permission of the author.