April 23, 2016

Faith Gomez (age 10)

CUERNAVACA, MEXICO

Here I am in the photo, pigtails
tied with mini silk pom-poms,
left hand on chin,
shoes like pink roses,
my dress with a big bow
tied as if I were a present.

My brother, Jacob,
wearing his first fancy pants.
Behind him,
my mother in her white dress
on her wedding day,
her smile as big as an upside-down rainbow,
full of color and joy.
Next to her is my dad,
the two of them like turtle doves.

Three years later,
I imagine him
still as a marble statue,
still in Mexico, waiting
for permission to return,
waiting alone
without us
like an abandoned house.

from 2016 Rattle Young Poets Anthology

__________

Why do you like to write poetry?

Faith Gomez: “I like to write poems because they help me express my feeling to people in a strong way. I also like to write them because they are like art. You can draw a picture in the people’s minds.”