Aninha and Her Stones
Don't let yourself be destroyed ...
Gathering new stones
and building new poems.
Recreate your life, always, always.
Removes stones and plants roses and makes sweets. Restart.
Make your life mean
And you will live in the hearts of young people
and in the memory of the generations to come.
This fountain is for use by all thirsty people.
Take your share.
Come to these pages
and do not hinder its use
to those who are thirsty.
One of Cora's best-known poems is Aninha e Meus Pedras. In it we see a lyrical self willing to give advice to the reader, creating with the audience a space of intimacy and sharing.
The informal and colloquial language can be perceived in the oral tone of writing. The verbs in the imperative suggest almost an order (recreates-removes-resumes-does), underlining the importance of what is said and the need to move on.
The poem directly addresses the issue of resilience and the urgency of trying again when the plan did not work, even though it seems that there are no more forces.