• Robert L. Giron

Issue 65 — Rachel DiLima, Natalia Schoch Lopez

Rachel DiLima

Winner of the 2014 Ventura Valdez English Poetry Award


The Hero


With her copper pot helmet

and her wooden spoon sword,

she piloted a swing upward

to the moons of Mars.

There she scooped stardust

in between slices of toast

and dined on galactic memories,

leaving only the crust.

On her way to Earth

she played hopscotch with the Sun

leaving her burned but undeterred,

her crooked smile showed she'd won.

And as she searched for gnomes

to demand they grant her wishes,

I knew her heart just forming

for it was green and bold and fearless.

So whilst gazing at the little knight

as she combed through the grass

I whispered to my captured gnome,

Don't let her heart grow old,

let her be a Hero to the last.



Copyright © 2014 by Rachel DiLima.



Biography:


Richel DiLima is a student at Montgomery College-Takoma Park/Silver Spring.




Natalia Schoch Lopez

Winner of the 2014 Ventura Valdez Spanish Poetry Award


Eloí


Su presencia inunda mi cuerpo,

acelera latidos salados,

y frena amargos pensamientos.


En cada átomo de carbono

graba su esencia líquida.

¿Al azar del infinito?

No creo en tales cosas,

¡que me arroje una mentira!


Hacia él fluyen mis lágrimas,

hacia el eterno retorno.

En su pecho brota una fuente,

tapizada de algas

verdes, pardas, cencidas.


Con precisión integrada,

cada célula de su piel

sugiere una madera noble,

de árticos boreales.


Sumido en el insomnio

recorre rojas mis arterias,

de plutonio-238

y tungsteno radioactivo.


Sus pulmones exhalan vida,

vientos de bonanza

y estíos al sol navegables.

Me estremezco,

mi mente a comprender no alcanza.


Lo marca suavemente,

el tempo, con su mano desnuda

sobre las pecas de mi espalda.

Añoro momentos de tangos y

rítmicos trémolos de la Pampa.


Calla esta vez y escucha,

sólo su vieja guitarra,

de cuerdas magistrales,

desbordando entera mi alma.


Así es, de inocentes sinfonías,

y piruletas infantiles.



Copyright © 2014 by Natalia Schoch López.



Biography:


Natalia Schoch López is a student at Montgomery College-Rockville.



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