Raul Sanchez… Crossing the River


Crossing the River

Crossing the river on a fishing expedition
my religious convictions crashed
at the corner of Maynard and South King Street

looking to the left my right ear heard
a whisper only people stuck
in winter weather can hear

when their earlobes are numbed
by cold Canadian winds.
My mother said:

“bajo los arcos” ” under the arches”
astonished by the message
I walked on my numbed two feet

toward Jackson down by the arches
still remember the echo, gasping, grunting
lamenting whispers under that bridge

where I spent the night sleeping
on cold concrete
a long, long time ago

dead man hanging from the bridge,
his spirit whispers cold hush murmured
I listened-numbed-on cold-concrete


Raúl Sánchez is a Seattle Bio-Tech technician, eschatologist, colletic, prosody enthusiast, hamartiologist, translator, DJ, and cook who conducts workshops on The Day of the Dead. He was featured in the program for the 2011 Burning Word Poetry Festival in Leavenworth WA. His most recent work is the translation of John Burgess’ Punk Poems in his book Graffito. He has been a board member of the Washington Poets Association and is a moderator for the Poets Responding to SB 1070 Facebook page.

Copyright © 2014 by Raul Sanchez









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