Greg Simon
The Two Kings of Portugal

     after Fernando Pessoa
          for Antonio Viera

Sky blazes in its blueness.
Dazzling. And our true Kings of
Portugal -- the luminous one,
the absent one -- they are blue.

And they are meditation,
immensity, constellation,
who slip in & out of moonlight.
Don Sebastian, King of

Midnight. No, ethereal light,
daylight, desire's piercing light.
On both banks of the Tejo --
the Fifth Empire's blue morning...