Sunday, April 19

The Collection

The Collection

Coming into this world
someone inked my feet
placed them on paper
and collected my prints.

When I was just a baby
I was put on my first pony.
I cried when it was over
and I had my first love affair.

Blank as the paper in front of me
I was given a rainbow in a box.
I crayoned my world with colors 
and no one could stop me.

Old enough to play outside
I looked for colored rocks
I found a glittering diamond 
and delighted, I pocketed it.

Starting school I learned to read
the Adventures Of Dick And Jane.
Outgrowing toys I picked up books
and felt that it was time to write. 

I found a silver thimble of my father's.
A professional wrestler, he embroidered
matadors, bulls and flowers on satin
and now I find it too big for my finger.

One by one these memories I gathered
collections of recollections of times reflected
a life spent hoarding them tirelessly
'til death seems fit to come for me.


Rebecca Del Sanchez © 2015

Revealing

Revealing 

Don't look now-
I'm invisible!
I know you can see me
because I am here.
But I have made myself very small
I'm hardly here at all.

Don't look now-
I'm a freak!
I can't find a place to hide
I can't escape
so I must conform.
I will never be the norm.

Look at me now-
I hold your reflection
and I'm different!
Whatever you are
I will be...
you will see.

Rebecca Del Sanchez © 2015

Sunday, April 12

The Fishwife

I had a very interesting word trip when I started this poem and I had to share it with you today! When seeing this picture prompt I thought, I'll write a poem about a woman with fish in her belly or fishbelly. Then I looked it up.

Besides the Jonah in the belly of the whale story, white skin under the bathing suit line and normal fish bellies, I found this urban definition (2006).

fishbelly-a bad name for a white caucasian person. Then I asked for other words and it gave me 20 related to Fishbelly.

Honky, bad, caucasian, clit, clitoris, cracka, cracker, craka, fish, fish belly, fishbelly pussy, girl, puberty, pubic, twat, vag vagina, white, whitey, wonderbread.

If you caught the date this word was re-defined in, 2006 and if we are so far ahead of ourselves why are we still making up these types of meanings or words? I am afraid when I look at our world today we will never get rid of racial stereotypes because there is always someone willing to be one.

The Fishwife

Feeling queasy now
butterflies-out of the way!
It's not so easy
I have a belly of fish
and they never stop swimming.

Rebecca Del Sanchez © 2015

Friday, April 10

Spirit Tree

Spirit Tree

Moon over the dale
the spirit tree watches all.
History keeping
the bark telling many tales.
If you happen to notice.

Rebecca Del Sanchez © 2015