Francisco X, a brief moment con tu sonrisa: by Aida Salazar *All Copyrights Reserved 2016
I saw your smile tonight On the face of a man, dancing In the Mission - though it rained He danced to trumpets Un son, that I only hope reached you in the cosmos But it wasn't you Could never be you Missing was the caracol shaped Flower glyph that floats before your lips Outside, a cielo in sorrow Because only the music of your flores remains Spun stories read aloud to children, to us The steady beat of a Nahuatl myth on our ticking hearts That despite that warmth, feel your absence, your physical impermanence, penetrating 24th St. and Bryant, Slapping drops of Rain, like loss, falling.
Ten Years Around The Sun by Aida Salazar *All Copyrights Reserved 2015
Avelina, Ten years around the sun of my heart skipping a soliloquy of song along your path with your great strength, the deep honey brown knowing in your eyes, and a courage the color of fire. You save my life daily, a balm that calms the ache for a once lost daughter that emerges for me especially in May. May, your favorite season for peaches, and cherries and perfect cool hot weather. I count my blessings in plucked flower petals, that you chose us, and grew in my body, and now in our home, enchanting us with the grace of your dance, the grace of your voice, the grace of your fortitude, the grace of your love.