Poetry Is a Mirror











{November 26, 2012}   30 Poems in November: Poem #26

If only my heart turned blue

Blue like the amicable sky

If only my eyes turned grey

So grey when it’s going to rain

If only my lips turned pink

Pink like a rabbit’s nose

If only my tears turned black

Black like a midnight sky

If only my cheeks turned red

Red like my heart

Pumping, pumping.

by Elisa Rodriguez

Care Center Student

Elisa Rodriguez is a young mom and a student at The Care Center, where she is studying for her GED.

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{November 24, 2012}   30 Poems in November: Poem #24

What I Do Remember!

What I do remember is dark clouds and no stars, highways long but thin and straight.

What I do remember: many cars beeping and rushing, zooming down the highway to get home to their families, my mom yelling at me, telling me: no boyfriend. I started to cry .

What I do remember: my mom punching me in my face, bruising my eye. Kicked me out of the car, almost falling over the railing near the highway. My face eats the grass and dirt.

What I don’t remember is if I got home or if my mom cursed at me in the car.

What I don’t remember at all is breaking up with my boyfriend that night, or if he called me.

What I don’t remember is my god-sister telling my mom I had one or if my mom already knew.

What I don’t remember at all is if my dad was home or my brothers or sister or if it was a weekday or weekend.

by Jasmine Colon-Thomas

Care Center Student

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{November 6, 2012}   30 Poems in November: Poem #6

The Edge of Space

 

Our instinct to look up

turned upside down

when through the camera

we saw the slide

out of the balloon-suspended

capsule, then the awkward,

fragile standing up—

Bambi taking his first steps

on Dumbo’s thick legs—

and then looked down

past the boot toes on the little ledge

at ourselves, enclouded

and rich with color.

Through the earpiece

we heard the all-clear

then saw the boots leave

the platform, gloves

in peripheral view

as we belly-flopped forward

then tumbled end

over end for thousands upon

thousands of feet.

A miracle: we were able

when we dove

into ourselves

to stop the dizzying flips

right ourselves

and fly right

pop the safety chute

and land on our feet.

Anita Gallers

11/6/12

Anita Gallers is a faculty member at The Care Center.

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{November 2, 2012}   30 Poems in November: Poem #2

(I Wonder!)

 

When I look into the night sky I wonder…

How many of those light are stars?

Are those planets?

What’s higher up there?

Do you imagine like I do?

I see myself floating in space, doing front flips around and around,

I see the bumpy moon, the shiny stars, and the bright sun

As I go around and around I see blue dots from staring at the sun

Is it cold? Is it hot? Is it clean? Is it dirty? Is it safe?

Screw it, why not take the risk? I jump from space onto earth,

I feel the rush going up my spine and butterflies around my belly,

I rush my eyes open!

And here I am on my roof top wondering…..

Will I ever make it up there?

 

Brendaliz Rivera

November 2, 2012

 

About the Author:

Brendaliz Rivera, 18, has a daughter. She lives in Holyoke and she plans to study at Holyoke Community College and The Elms to be a social worker. Brendaliz enjoys poetry and represented The Care Center at a ceremony at the White House, where she read her poem “My Pain,” and spoke to a gathering that included First Lady Michelle Obama. She also participated in rowing in 2011.

 

To sponsor  The Care Center Poets’ Team  for the “30 Poems in November” fundraiser for literacy, visit:

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