Not typical love poems, although some are.
Freedom, summer (To my mother, reminding her of the fire)
I hold the photo of two lovers who fell into the sea. They’re dressed
. for winter, I ask them to take off their clothes. During siestas we sit
. beside the water pump and stare at each other: light collects in her
. breasts again; he loved horses and one time he tried to kill himself. (1978)
La Libertad, el verano (A mi madre, recordándole el fuego)
Tengo la foto de dos novios que cayeron al mar. Están vestidos de
. invierno, los invito a desnudarse. En las siestas nos sentamos junto
. a la bomba de agua y nos miramos: de nuevo embolsan luz los
. pechos de ella; él amaba a los caballos y una vez intentó suicidarse. (1978)
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Rose upturned and rose returned and rose and rose
Though the warden don’t want it
Muddy rivers make for clean fishing.
From: Pinholes in the Night, essential poems for Latin America. Selected by Raul Zurita, edited by Forrest Gander.
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Stations by Audre Lorde
Some women love
for life for a ring
in the June light for a touch
of the sun to heal them for another
woman’s voice to make them whole
to untie their hands
put words in their mouths
form to their passages sound
to their screams for some other sleeper
to remember their future their past.
Some women wait for their right
train in the wrong station
in the alleys of morning
for the noon to holler
the night come down.
Some women wait for love
to rise up
the child of their promise
to gather from earth
what they do not plant
to claim pain for labor
the tip of an arrow to aim
at the heart of now
but it never stays.
Some women wait for visions
That do not return
Where they were not welcome
For invitations to places
They always wanted
To be repeated.
Some women wait for themselves
Around the next corner
And call the empty spot peace
But the opposite of living
Is only not living
And the stars do not care.
Some women wait for something
To change and nothing
So they change
From The Oxford Anthology of African-American Poetry.
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