A native New Yorker, Marguerite María Rivas’s writing has been published nationally and internationally. She is an Associate Professor who teaches women’s literature and creative writing at Borough of Manhattan Community College. Her second full-length volume of poetry is forthcoming in 2020. She is the Poet Laureate of the Borough of Staten Island, NYC.
Poets long ago looked up at the night
sky and stared stars into dreams and knew
not if they were dreaming or witnessing
a celestial pageant as they wove
desire and fear into stories and songs,
lay dream-heavy heads on beds of grass
or craned necks deep inside earthen wells
to see visions hovering above lonesome heads.
Yet I think those ancestors, whether poets in clay,
in song, or in pigment, saw far beyond
those bewildering moments of dream/reality
as they plodded across continents
to a lucent future filled with progeny
who’d tell their stories and sing their night songs.
by sudden joy I knew I must
write a poem about this wondrous thing,
I’ve forgotten just
what was worth remembering.
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