Saludos to the Moon
Sometimes I wish my Spanish were better,Like to the point where I could speak it withoutHaving to think about it. I can get by, trust me,But it’s broken. Like that trendy restaurant downtown:Broken Spanish. It would be nice to write poems in SpanishOr even a mix of both languages. But my instinct, it seems,Is to lean on the language I have mastered. For now, at least,I can throw in a word, here and there, like tesoro.Language es un tesoro. The moon, tesoro. Leaves: tesoro.My computer always marks Spanish words as misspelled.I want to say, todo bien. Hasta la última palabra.In my neighborhood or barrio, it is mostly Mexican orMexican-American. Five gangs in the neighborhood.I’ve never had a problem. There are also many hardworking,Blue-collar factory workers. No pretention. Grit. Muchas ganas.Many have served or serve in the military, and even thoughI’m very liberal, I don’t judge them because honestly,If I hadn’t found writing in high school, I probablyWould’ve served, too, without many other options.I never know how to end a poem, especially a poemThat I didn’t expect to write, but I will go back to some moreSpanish words: adiós. Adiós to the sun and the skyline,Tonight. Saludos. Saludos to the moon with her accent so bright.
Copyright © 2020 by Jose Hernandez Diaz
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Jose Hernandez Diaz is a 2017 NEA Poetry Fellow. His work appears in The American Poetry Review, Georgia Review, Huizache, Iowa Review, The Nation, Poetry, Southeast Review, and in The Best American Nonrequired Reading. He is the author of a collection of prose poems: The Fire Eater (Texas Review Press, 2020). Currently, he is a Guest Editor for Frontier and Palette Poetry.
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