Since I was in sixth grade, I have had an interest in Brazil. It was the year we studied South America, and I chose Brazil for the country I wanted to focus on. I had never been there before last week, so when I got the opportunity to go, I jumped at it. As a fascinated tween, I remembered the built-from-scratch capital city of Brasilia, the Amazon, the cattle ranches, the rain forests. (I don’t think the southern cattle ranches had dangerously encroached into the rain forests at that time.)
After 55 years since studying Brazil, last week I helped to lead a Simply the Story workshop in São Paulo with young people from all over Brazil. The people of São Paulo are called Paulistanos. We felt warmly welcomed in this huge city. Here is an elfchen I wrote with Ethical ELA and Margaret Simon on Saturday about the Paulistanos we got to see each day in São Paulo.
Pursue life audaciously
Drink deeply of Amor
Here are a few photos. But really, where do I start with all the amazing experiences I had?
I am on my way to Brazil for a week! I’ll be part of a team leading a storytelling workshop with Simply the Story.
I’ll write poems in Brazil this week! I’m so excited. For now, I’ll finish getting ready for a 24-hour travel day. I’ll arrive on Saturday morning. (Comments coming on some Poetry Friday posts while I’m on my layover in Dallas-Fort Worth.)
In the meantime, here is a poet from Brazil for you to meet. Her name is Paula Valéria Andrade. She made the image below as a participant in a Visual Poetry presentation:
Did you notice “arco-iris” is Portuguese for rainbow. I think it is such a beautiful word.
I used the English translation of her line for my Valentine Golden Shovel:
I am so happy that I get to know your technicolor self, all the ins and outs, the ups and downs, the colors of pain and sadness, of joy and gladness– the whole kaleidoscope! Every rainbow splurge of love with splashes of hope. You are a treasure!