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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raul Sanchez… Poets Totem Pole

 

Poets Totem Pole

If I could carve a Poet’s Totem Pole
I’d put Walt Whitman on the base
above him, Blake with wings—

one wing with Keats,
the other with Byron
above them a big usquebaugh

bottle with Dylan Thomas face
in the middle
above, an eagle with the face

of Pablo Neruda
his hands will be holding
paper on one a pen on the other

above Neruda
will be Martin Espada
holding a sword

and a microphone—
above them
Jack Mc Carthy

with both arms up
in the air
and a stern look

into your eyes
my eyes, his eyes
as if performing

at a slam
pausing without
telling us anything

 

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