Otto Rene Castillo

To the interrogation of fruit, flowers, bones.
I say heart, mornings, joy.
Little country of mine, blind, voiceless,
Walk with me, mountains, sing,
Invent hurricanes,
& know this, colonel:
When I burn
Only I burn.

[from my translation of 4 poems by Castillo found on internet April 10, 2010]

Jim Smith is the author of Back Off, Assassin! New and Selected Poems (Mansfield Press, 2009).

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