At the bottom of the sea lie white fears, / Where plants are animals / And animals are flowers./ A silent world which can’t be reached / By the turmoil of the waves. / Laughing open rounded shells / The seahorse swings. / An octopus moving along / In the disarray / Of his thousand arms, / A flower dances, / Vibrating noiseless in space. / Time rests over the sand / Light like a scarf. / But as beautiful as it is / It has a monster suspended from above.
[Translated from the portuguese original: “Fundo do mar” by Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, 1944]