Poetry

Merida, my Love

by Daniel Torres

 “Merida, my Love”

I want to memorize the bench on Montejo

where I brushed against your knee,

the downtown street where I saw you go by

and that first dreamy glance.

The kiss you stole from me at Itzimna Park

one night full of words

without any caress nor bed…

The destiny that resolved itself

between Santa Lucia and Santa Ana,

 that night when we separated near the bus station:

I was leaving in a taxi

and your back was disappearing little by little

around the corner.

That’s why I need to memorize

the certainty of your embrace,

the stillness of your eyes

and also all the letters that form “Carlos.”

 MÉRIDA, MON AMOUR

Quiero memorizar el banco de Montejo
donde rocé tu rodilla,
la calle del Centro donde te vi pasar
a mi lado
y esa primera mirada de ensueño.

 El beso que me robaste en la plaza de Itzimná
una noche llena todita de palabras
sin caricias ni cama…

El destino que se decidió entre Santa Lucía y Santa Ana
y la noche en que nos separamos cerca del ADO:
yo en un taxi me alejaba
y tu espalda se fue desdibujando de a poco
hasta borrarse al doblar una esquina.

Es por eso que necesito memorizar
la certeza de tu abrazo,
el sosiego de mirarme en tus ojos
y también todas las letras que forman Carlos.

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Daniel Torres was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico. He lives in Merida winters and summers. During the winter quarter (January-March) he co-directs the Ohio University Study Abroad Program in Merida. His publications include literary criticism, poetry, novel, and short story. The rest of the year he teaches Latin American Studies at Ohio University (Athens).

Art by Mel Blossom

 

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