Permission to Approach1
Respecting every story here, counting this one.
It's that yesterday I stopped in at a bar,
And I saw souls empty and cups full.
And I saw souls empty and bodies full of sorrow.
Here life extinguishes when the street lights go out,2
And it's not superstition.
It's that two years in a cell showed me that I became everything I told myself I'd never be.
And two years in a cell showed me that I became everything that they always said I would be3.
Somethings I can not show you,4
As hard as I try.
Yeah, Chal, the song of caged birds really is suffocating.5
And, Kaya, now I understand the bitter taste
about which you were ruminating.6
In my chest just the jeers7
So forgive me listeners,8
Because this was written by the soul.
And I did not come here as a militant.
I didn't come to protest.
So fuck yourself Capa,
This is more a sketch by Alexandre.
Who resolved to put in words what was stuck in my,
And thank everyone who stood by my side:
Bine, our conversations saved my life.9
And, Dorgo, you never walked out on a visit.10
Today my pain11 is not for you,
But tomorrow who knows.
Mom I miss you,
I can't see you today,
Blame these bars that don't open.
Y'all don't know the deception
of the prison inspection.
One day more, one day less.
Your company is markedly absent.
Forgive me mother.
I made mistakes on account of the empty refrigerator.12
Now I am a marginal13 poet.
But when they look at me, I forget I am a poet.
It becomes clear to me that we act like animals,
Because we are treated like animals.
Sort of like Tarzan or Ken the Wolf Boy.
Or Marlon the new boy,14
Who left us without the time for goodbyes.
Here Candy15 takes lives.
Snow White16 is not a fairytale,
At midnight in the uniforms17 projectile.
No picture postcard.
Welcome to the Baixada.
Capa Versa (Alexandre Avelar) is a 25-year-old youth resident of the Engenho Pequeno community, in the city of Nova Iguaçu, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He completed High School at Senador Percy Batista Crispim State High School. "Poetry came into my life as a way to show the world the reality of my surroundings. I write to disseminate a vision of my neighborhood, to save our kids, as a form of empowerment for my brothers and sisters of color." "My greatest greatest influences are my colleagues, like Dudu de Morro Agudo, mc Martina, Sabrina Azevedo, and Dorgo Dj." Capa Versa is a poet, cultural producer and musician. He is a member of the Institute Enraizados and, part of the collective Enraizados no Vagão (Rooted in the Train Car), that takes art to public transportation, and he has participated in Nós da Rua (We the Street). He was champion of Slam Laje in 2019, and has taken his art to various schools and universities. Capa primarily dreams of bringing a community library to his hillside community, to graduate from college in History and Sociology, and to make a better life for himself and his family. For more: https://www.instagram.com/capaversa/ Image provided by the author.