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To write my first poem,

I take understanding

what is a good poem

to task

I like a poem that rolls, rumbles, and turns

a poem that caresses my side

shyly looks over my shoulder

and dips down my back

like a spring breeze caught

underneath my freshly washed tank top

We like poems that make sense,

are sensible and senseless

They evoke multiple senses

 

My poem is kinesthetic because it touches me

and me it

Auditory, because I’d like to hear you

Visual through the most

abstractly concrete creations

I see hips, mountains, laughter and night

Smelling, I suppose, is optional

but in my poem I’d

like to smell you

and for the smell of your skin

to make theirs tingle

 

What else is there?

A good poem is so natural

it’s quick

you forget

and you read it again

and then again

and then out loud

and then tomorrow

 

You are gentle but not

forgiving

passionate but subtle

you are direct without ever

saying what you mean

 

It’s her skin though

that I’d like for them to smell

and then tingle

For that, poem, you must be good to me.

I now live in Ecuador.

I have left my past life behind and my new life revolves only around here (ni futuro, ni pasado me molesta aqui). Please, if it beckons you, share with me my life in South America.

http://www.ecuadorianbreaths.wordpress.com

Liberation

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Black Treehood

Spoken Word: not a poem but words to speak with passion and performance.

I will forever be a child artist—
immature, hopeful for progression
but juvenile and talent-less.
But at least, at the very least,
I continue to stroke through days
timid and old
because of the love of colors and
because of the love of how
strokes of green,yellow, red, and black,
come to life by my own hand.
I wish I could tell them that
I believed no one could ever do wrong,
No one could make a mistake
when painting.
I wish I could tell them that I make beautiful art
because I just paint, with one brush and
many different paints.
That I don’t understand and
I don’t follow rules.
I wasn’t raised an artist–
I was taught to draw well by
my mother’s architecture hand,
sturdy, strong, straight, but
I never did very well and
never felt the warm applause of
an audiences’ hands
against my sides
I never felt the breath of welcomed admirers
at my side or
in the minds of my dreams,
I never believed that my hand
could make anything worthwhile and
I do not.
But I wish that I could tell them that
my love for colors is the reason why
I make beauty and
I never meant to offend anyone
by disobeying centuries of rules
that govern the artist and his patron.
I never meant to insult the dedicated painter,
the skillful sculptor—
I never thought anyone
would want to brush their gentle eyelashes
against these strokes on canvas, cardboard,
the box I stole from the school.
I didn’t mean for them to appreciate the colors,
I wish I could write and say
and say again.
I never knew that they would look
upon the pages of words and then strokes,
and then some broken words
amongst too many dashes,
dashes of lines in between words and
dashes of black
like the branches that stretch,
coming from her dark hair,
hair that descends into treehood.
I thought I was a fool—
I am foolish.
and I never knew you would say,
“Wow, that is beautiful”.
I would like to be able to say,
Well it is because I did it
because I felt it and
I did it because
I never imagined that anyone in the world would say,
“Why! So Pretty!”
and touch the small of my back in salutations,
in congratulations,
in admiration.
Never did I think a creature would find my face pretty
or my hands soft and
that they would like the strokes of colors
they danced on paper,
because for brief moments
those hands felt no longer
betrayed by the pages,
and by the books,
no longer betrayed by the keyboard
that brought false senses of superiority—
academia.
Knowledge that led to no knowledge
that lead to hallow letters on
empty flashing screens of light,
dim light as the battery fades,
empty letters that I begun to hate—
For moments they felt the release of life,
that life that would crawl out of me
as I laid naked in my bed
staring at the glass of water
and the flame that seeps into it,
playing in water so swiftly
and the movement that would stir deep inside
as my eyes would weld into
large blinking, beating beings
and they would shed tears and
the immensity of life was
engulfing me in those moments,
naked with my hands
touching the soft dips of my body
wondering how to touch
how would it feel to be touched,
wondering if those last touches
on my breasts
on the blackness of the depths of my vagina—DSC_0064
vulva
were real,
wondering if a child could really grow
in the deepest part of my center,
wondering if two hearts could beat at once,
and wondering if I could paint those two hearts
together beating,
on a piece of paper,
that would fall underneath my bed,
to fall to that black trashcan downstairs
and to fall down into a strange landfill
in a place I never knew existed,
or could dream of,
a landfill undreamable,
yes, not in my dreams,
not in your dreams,
because how could my two hearts beat on paper,
how could they survive there,
dying in green filth,
banana peels and those strange plastics
that we use once and
throw to the ground,
we throw, we throw, we throw—
we throw my 2 beating hearts into the ground,
dissipating, decaying,
oh– how could the hands be so free
into the depths of the heart
beating at my very center,
my hands upon the soft dips of my body,
my hair descending into the blackness
of that very treehood
that stays still in nights
that I never dreamed of,
never knew existed,
will never see,
but can attempt to dream of,
the very black, bare tree,
alone— that has never been seen
except by the depths of my mind
that attempts to dream it there,
to dream that it exists
unconscious desires of my mind
the yearning of my center
I see it there as
it’s branches stretch out beyond me.

The last flutter of my eyes,
Has you wrapped within it,
Descending into my dreams,
You sit in a chair, waiting for me

But, how long can you wait!

The first glimpse of light, awakened air
Breathes you into my lungs
Ascending into the day,
You await the travels of my mind

You wait in my dreams and,
You wait through trembling hands
Past flat, dry lands,
you wait
My face, you cannot see

But, how long till I die!

Each beat of my heart
Each touch of my lips
I wonder if you are still there
Afar, writing, but still breathing

Will we meet in my dying
or will my skin
still be alive?

Senescent child
Wailing, Whimpering
“But what will protect me?”
she weeps.
Soothing her fears
The night she sleeps

Senescent child
Waiting, Wondering
She whispers on small lips,
“Old woman, old man”
Mourning the moment
senescence began.

Her beauty so profound. At first, it almost disturbed me, haunted me. I had a dream of her that left me uneasy, frightened. She cried and asked me, “Mais, tu m’aime?” et j’ai dit, “Bien sûr, je t’aime…” as I chased her down stretching, curving halls. The dream took place in a long, drawn-out sleep during the day Friday. I woke up weary and feeling sick with a repeated image of her big, dark eyes staring at me in a wanting despair. I couldn’t look at her that night. She was there—at the reading of a Lebanese writer. And I avoided her–her eyes that lunged into you–the fear still persists. Her beauty so starking that I cannot cease to be defeated by her gleaming intimidation. Even when she does not speak, and she is at a distance, I am left with a heart beating strong, catching glimpses of her hair as she turns her head. I sat much higher than her but almost directly behind her, so I could move a few inches to the right to catch a glimpse of her face, perfect—luminous and soft. And every time she would turn her face as to glance lovingly at the others in the room, for no reason other than to share with them her gentle eyes, her gentle smile…I would move back, directly behind the person in front of me, hiding there, so my eyes dare not meet hers. It is my wish to watch her always but that I be invisible. Saturday evening, when I sat in the audience of the dark red cushion chairs, she spoke. Softly, as if her tongue plays quietly with her lips as she speaks–she spoke in a dark room with a  soft golden light that illuminated the gentle dips and turns of her face…a man stood up to take of his coat in front of me and blocked my view. I begged him to sit down (S’il vous plait, monsieur…je vous demande…)—he was stealing my few moments to have her, to memorize her, so when I leave her, I can dream of her more accurately. I’ll leave here soon, left with nothing more than the memory of her long, dark thick hair slighly swaying behind her, as she delicately rocks her hips back and forth, walking away from me one last time…