Jimmy Santiago Baca, David Shapiro, André Aciman, Nyk de Vries, Look J. Boden, Hans Herbjørnsrud, Anton van Duinkerken, Christopher Durang

De Amerikaanse dichter en schrijver Jimmy Santiago Baca werd geboren in Santa Fe, New Mexico, op 2 januari 1952. Zie ook alle tags voor Jimmy Santiago Baca op dit blog.

The Day Brushes It’s Curtains Aside

to a dark stage.
I lie there awake in my prison bunk,
in the eye-catching silence
of prison night.

I study the moon out my grilled window.
I figure this and that,
not out, just figure, figuring more,
the inner I go, through illimitable tunnels,

roaring great, myself back back back.

I lie still, listening to water drops
clink and pap pap pap
in the shower stall next to my cell.

In that airy place we call the heart,
I move like a magician
in the colorful stage lights of my moods,
my bright dreams, and blue light
circles a tear on my cheek, and lips with her name.

>From flowers in my hands
her face appears. In cards
she is the queen. These are tricks
and I am the magician.

Tomorrow morning I will crawl out of bed
knowing I cannot escape the chains
they’ve wrapped around me.

I will crawl out of bed tomorrow,
as though I had stepped out of a box
on stage. It was no illusion,
when the sword plunged into the box,
I smiled at the crowd,
as it went deeper and deeper into my heart.

 
Jimmy Santiago Baca (Santa Fe, 2 januari 1952)

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