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Superstition

July 31, 2008

The tree moth in the garage was an omen,
so I killed the messenger:
pulled off its velvet wings
and chewed them with a spiteful mouth.

A delicate crunch of the veins
and I heard nothing else.
My tongue grew thick with their moss.
I swallowed its wisdom with a vengeful mouth
and tasted my own fear.

Rebecca Gonzales

copyright by Rebecca Gonzales from the anthology After Aztlan: Latino Poets of the Nineties

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Reyes Cardenas permalink
    August 1, 2008 8:54 am

    Is this the Rebecca Gonzales who wrote Slow Work To The Rhythm Of Cicadas?

  2. August 2, 2008 4:53 am

    The bio of Gonzales in the back of the After Aztlan anthology (copyright 1992) says she is the author of Flesh and Blood. It’s likely it’s the same Gonzales; Flesh and Blood and Slow Work To The Rhythm Of Cicadas were both published by Prickly Pear Press.

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