Grief with Graphite
The walking wounded traverse
worlds of gossamer, moonlit places
filled with moans ricocheting off
permanently tear-stained walls.
Eyes downcast, naked feet–
these penitents of sorrow suffocate
under the burden of constant dread.
Internal earthquakes pulverize bone.
Taking small, measured steps, shuffling
towards nighttime to a recurrent dream
where the beloved speaks, laughs
embraces. Death is a distant memory
a guttural wail erupts
How I love the small, swiftly
beating heart of the bird
singing in the great maples;
its bright, unequivocal eye.
Author: Julieta Corpus
Julieta Corpus has been writing since the age of eleven. She graduated from UTPA with a Bachelors Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. She’s been an elementary school teacher for the past eleven years, but has never stopped writing. She’s been published by UTPA”s Gallery Magazine, Tendiendo Puentes, a poetic anthology, Mesqite Review, STCC’s Interstice and Tierra Firme , and in the September 2009 issue of the Mcallen Monitor’s Festiva, Writers Edition. She also organizes poetry readings and is an active member and participant of the Rio Grande Valley Poetry Festival and the San Benito Writers forum. Julieta blames her penchant for the dramatic in her poetry to a life long addiction to Mexican soap operas. And she is a regular contributor to Writers of the Rio Grande