One of my favorite poems of hers is this one:
|by Sonia Sanchez|
(after the spanish) forgive me if i laugh you are so sure of love you are so young and i too old to learn of love. the rain exploding in the air is love the grass excreting her green wax is love and stones remembering past steps is love, but you. you are too young for love and i too old.
...the rest is here.
Another of my favorite poems of hers is this one: Personal Letter No. 3 nothing will keep us young you know not young men or women who spin their youth on cool playing sounds. we are what we are what we never think we are. ... the rest is here.
I seem to be on an old folk's love poem track these days. Go figure.
You can read more about Sanchez and the Poet Laurette program here in the Philadelphia Inquire article. Today's Friday Poetry round up is hosted by Julie at The Drift Record. Enjoy!!
it is a hard thing
to admit that
sometimes after midnight
i am tired
of it all.
That resonates for me! Thank you for sharing these, I shall have to find more poems by Sonia Sanchez.
These are lovely. I don't know this poet, so thanks for showing her to us, & isn't it wonderful to have her for a poet laureate? Like Tara, I love those final lines of poem # 2, but I also like "nothing will keep us young you know not young men or women who spin their youth on cool playing sounds". As I am certainly older, I enjoyed what you shared very much!
Huzzah for poets laureate!
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These are lovely, Andi! I like where you broke them off, too. They read well just in excerpt form. The after midnight part especially resonated with me too, like Tara.
I really like the poem about love. It is simple. Sounds like something I would write.
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