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  • Writer's pictureEdilson Afonso Ferreira

Comrades on the Road

I believe there is a conspiracy ongoing 

involving all of us. 

I don’t know when or where it began,

nor who initiated it.

They occult from me their talks 

just as I approach one of them. 

It seems to me a stealthy fellowship, 

a strange one, saints and demons, 

angels and warlocks, even goblins. 

They congregate to rule all people,

fighting for our souls, one by one. 

Someone has been told it is a caste

that rids humanity from wrecking   

and leaves it alive on the road, 

leavening us before ultimate battle.


Edilson Afonso Ferreira, 80 years, is a Brazilian poet who writes in English rather than in Portuguese. Widely published in international literary journals, he began writing at age 67 after his retirement from a bank.  Since then, he counts 190 poems published, in 300 different publications. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and his first Poetry Collection – Lonely Sailor – was launched in London in 2018. His second, Joie de Vivre, was launched in April 2022. He is always updating his works at


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