Jack Myers / Matthew Zapruder / Naomi Shihab Nye / poetry / Ralph Angel / writing

Y Después (And Then)

Lately, I find myself thinking in poetry. Or rather, the things I want to say are in poems I’ve read. Yes, I want them to speak for me.

Yesterday, I wanted to say something but couldn’t find the right words. I know all the words that have come before have been wrong. So, I figured these particular lines I had read would make it a little more clear. But I can’t find them. I’ve scoured all my books and journals, but these few lines seem to want to remain hidden, out of my grasp.
These come close at least:

Y Después, A Cento

To You, 
Today in El Paso all the planes are asleep
on the runway.  The world
is in a delay. The labyrinths 
that time creates disappear. Always
you were given one too many, one
too few. What almost happens, doesn’t.
What might be lost, you’ll lose. 
We find out the heart only by dismantling what
the heart knows. We must unlearn
the constellations to see the stars. 
The sky is the only store
worth shopping in for anything
as long as a life. If the moon
smiled, she would resemble you.
You leave the same impression
of something beautiful, but annihilating.
Your absence has gone through me
like thread through a needle. Everything
I do is stitched with its color.
I wish I had the power of not looking
back. Not the power of having a wish
granted, but the power to look at my wish
and see behind it.
Love, Me

“April Snow” by Matthew Zapruder
“Y Después” (And Then) by Federico García Lorca translated by Ralph Angel
“Three-Legged Blues” by Jane Hirshfield
“Tear it Down” by Jack Myers
“Rebellion against the North Side” by Naomi Shihab Nye
“The Rival” by Sylvia Plath
“Separation” by W.S. Merwin
“One Last Wish” by Jack Myers


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