ELIANE BRUM er Th e is nothing sadder than the burial of the poor. Because the poor begin to be buried in life. So said Antonio, a man sculpted from the clay of a humility older than he. A man who is ashamed even to speak, and when he speaks, is afraid of speaking too loud. And when he lifts his eyes, he’s worried that the mere boldness of lifting them will oen ff d his boss right in the face. So said Antonio Antunes. Who had just buried the casket of a son whose face he didn’t know. A two-pound, one-ounce baby who died in its mother’s belly. Antonio wanted a glimpse of his son’s face, but the employee who went to fetch the child from the cooler wouldn’t allow it. Antonio had purchased a little outt fi for four dollars in downtown Porto Alegre so his son wouldn’t be buried naked, like some critter’s pup. But Antonio couldn’t dress him. He was le w ft ith the small white casket that he cradled in his arms to grav 2026 e num of bM er ercy Hospital’s Holy Ground Cemetery. When the dirt had covered his son’s shallow
Manoa – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Feb 7, 2019
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