Oh Rio I don’t want to leave.
You definitely have a vibe and lightness
to you that I’m going to miss.
Your hot, humid and chaotic and
undoubtedly beautiful with your lush
mountains, long beaches and tropical trees.
Then there’s the other side;
the shootings, the muggings, the cartels
but you carry these two polarities
of danger and happiness
of life and extreme death
like it is the most natural thing in the world
It’s like you know how valuable life is
whilst at the same time it is not valued at all
your charm and effortless seductiveness you
make it very easy to accept the danger that
you have. Or at least to play by
the rules that you come with
I take Ubers from door to door
remove my gold necklace as I arrive after
dark to your bus station
and never take my phone out in the street
It seems like a very small price to pay
Because if I do this you let me enjoy the
lightness of being, despite any hardships
that might lurk around the corner.
You embrace me with light as I dread
the heaviness of a dark and cold Sweden.