It truly disappeared 🎋it was always


in the folds of time,

unescapable like lightning on a dark night

it descends to earth bringing pain and madness

Hiding in these folds

It sleeps like the work

of a spirit who fails

Because it never knew the goodness that the

sky holds from up high🍁

By Ailton Krenak

Aldeia Krenak, 3 August 2020

I wrote this poem so that I would not cry. The poetry helped me to face this difficult moment that we are passing through.

Ailton Krenak

Ailton Krenak

Ailton Krenak is one of the most prominent contemporary intellectuals in Brazil. In 2020, his book “Ideias Para Adiar O Fim do Mundo” (Cia das Letras 2019) was a finalist for the Prêmio Jabuti, the most important Brazilian literature award. Ailton was recognized with the Juca Pato award for Intellectual of the Year, issued by the Brazilian Writers Union. An historic indigenous leader, one of the founders of the Union of Indigenous Nations, he is a tireless defender of democracy and of the rights of nature, whose trajectory of life and struggle have significantly contributed to the progress of science, literature, knowledge, the arts, and all of humanity. He was born on the banks of the Itabirinha creek, in the Rio Doce watershed, in Minas Gerais, on 29 September 1953. He is the author of five books and uses various artistic expressions such as painting, theatre, song and above all, he has a brilliant gift for telling stories and floating through the universes of orality.