April 20, 2007

Thanks to Goodwill for turning me on to the poetry of Rosario Murillo. They had Angel in the Deluge (City Lights, 1992) for $1.29. Mother of 8, Sandinista, First Lady of Nicaragua and poet.

from "Incantation for New Year's Day"

I will write my name to reacquaint myself
and be borne once more
I will knit snares to protect my invisible territory
I'll spread quail wings
for love's singular flight.
I'll be a planet inhabited by all the hearts of the world
and like all hearts of the world I'll feel
and death.
Each morning I'll try on a child's eyes
and a child's smile
and a child's tears
so as to learn to live from the beginning.



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