ODE TO A LADY
Ballad By JANET PORTER GHIO
Joyful of spirit and light of foot;
Her luminous eyes reflect
The passion that lies
Beneath her outer look
and endows her with amenity.
Wise is she who keeps her own thought.
And free is she that reserves her opinion
Until asked; and gives what she ought
with delicate grace, for their redemption.
Viva Brazilia! The core of the Portuguese Empire.
In 1500 AD: a Republic so advanced and fine,
They left a great legacy to inspire
future generations to redefine.
Alegria de espirito e luz pe
Seu luminoso olhos refletem
A paixao que se esconde sob
O seu aspect exterior
E confere-lhe com comodidade
Janet graduated from UCLA in 2010 with a BA in English and departmental honors in Poetry.
“Reading, analyzing and writing poetry opened a whole new world to me, of seeing and feeling the world with more vibrancy and awareness. I constantly strive to create a subtle meaning to my poems, yet leave an opportunity for the reader to interpret them personally.”