Featured Poetess: Ysabel Y. Gonzalez

by Latina Fatale on 04/27/2011 · 4 comments

in Latina Writers, Poetry, Women Who Write

Before the Sun Sets on My Existence:
Seven Things to Do Before I Die
By Ysabel Y. Gonzalez
Dedicated to Judith Gonzalez

If boundless effervescence permits me then,
before the sun sets on my existence

I will
paint over God resting upon the Sistine Chapel
resurrecting a new extended hand
one that draws upon my reflection:
feminine and of a forest mahogany complexion.

I will
meditate while staring into the whitened glare generated by the sun
blinding myself so that when I next bite
into the flesh of a mango
the texture of juice dribbling down my chin
and the smell of its ripe tanginess
will only be heightened by my loss.

I will
do something that will make my heart
beat outside of my chest
like dance on the edge of Machu Pichu
and sing to the cousins of my ancestors
melodies that bare large green buds of renewal.

I will
intimidate Zeus with my powers
creating rainbows made of formidable cellophane
spread over the earth when storms threaten
and have the ground lay down its trembling
until it turns to mild waves of whispers.

I will
wrestle the sword from Chango’s terrible grip
stealing Her magic to enchant my palms into a fury of beats
thumping upon the goat hide of a buleador
the whir of sounds instructing the smooth walking feet around me
to rage into dizzying madness, heels kicking up dust.

I will
study the second language of my ancestors
and remember that I must leave something for my kin:
a tooth composed of my abuela’s dna
that was passed on to my mother
who passed it on to me
who will pass it on to little Rosita.

I will
spend seven days and seven nights on my knees
embracing my blessed purple beaded cross close
holding selfish conversations with a higher power:
hoping that in my failing breath I will bring about creation
and placing faith in my soul
that it does not waver and will cross the good threshold
being greeted by a long lineage of Borinquen freed forefathers.

About the Poet: Ysabel Ynes Gonzalez was born in the Bronx, NY and raised in Newark, NJ. Her passion for writing poetry and short stories exploded in the college classroom at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Also writing under the alias of Ancestral Poetisa, she has always taken a special interest in writing about her Puerto Rican culture and history and has her Bachelors in Latino and Hispanic Caribbean studies.

Ysabel also has a delight for performing her poetry and you may visit www.ysabelgonzalez.com to listen to some of her recorded pieces.

© Ysabel Y. Gonzalez. Reprinted with permission.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Irs April 27, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Love the way your words melt into images.


Hilda April 27, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Loved the words you used and the creative thought process!!


Mike P. April 29, 2011 at 6:36 pm

“blinding myself” was especially powerful to me.


Heather May 11, 2011 at 11:00 pm

“I will
do something that will make my heart
beat outside of my chest”….A memorable line that makes me wish for a similar experience before I die.


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