Academic journal article Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought

Oye Como Va

Academic journal article Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought

Oye Como Va

Article excerpt

I had no rhythm that day on the bench

sitting in shade, under the oaks and palms.

My thighs stuck to the green bars,

legs going numb.

I wanted to stop thirsting.

It was so hot, I didn't know what

I was reading anymore.

People passed on

the sidewalk and I kept looking.

Nevermind.

I don't want to tell . . . (Think Hopeless

Romantic tattooed underneath-

one word on the back of each thigh,

in cursive.)

I waited, a fool for a philosopher-

a pedant who writes in riddles,

who eats tiny purple flowers instead of giving

them to me.

But, I'd grown tired

of waiting.

A black and yellow butterfly

fluttered in front of me.

It circled the court and caught

my attention in the leaves,

moving in frantic waves to the music

blasting from the college yard. …

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