During the Mornings by Raquel Melendez

BOMB 9 Spring 1984
009 Spring Summer 1984
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Hope Sandrow, Palm Sunday, Century City I L.A., 1983, silver print. Courtesy of Oggi Domani, New York.

During the mornings
I hear the song of the zenzontles,
zanates, guises and gorriones;
the waters of a riverbed flow near a Ceiba.
There the birds fly upward
and then dive for a sip of water.
During the war
this ceiba
remained leafless, alone and without birds
and its trunk gored by bullets

Poetry Workshop of Barrio La Primavera


Translated from the Spanish by Zoë Anglesey.


From Poesia Libre, #7, July 1982 and The Dalmo’ma Anthology, Empty Bowl Press, 1984.

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009 Spring Summer 1984