lesley herrera

Rookie (10/07/71 / mexico missouri)

Reincatnated - Poem by lesley herrera

The willow wept silently
As the wind brushed through its thin limbs
The scream of the phone startled my thoughts
An unborn child stirred in my womb
As my emotions ran wild. I heard my mother’s voice
Only echoes stirred in my head
Death! Haunting me till this day
A dimension unknown that frightens me
My grandmother, pure as white snow
Delicate and lovely
A remarkable soul no longer existing on earth
Only memories of an extraordinary woman
My tears burn like lava. Emptiness overwhelms my vessel
Why, why, why now? Days before my son arrives
Her great grandson growing strong inside me
Death, life. Exchanging one for another
Hysterical. My breath escapes me.
Stepping outside inhaling the freshness of the breeze
A thousand miles away she comes to me
Flocks of birds appearing magically
Strong gust of wind astounds me
Silence. The calm after a vicious storm
I hear her voice, shhh, don’t cry,
I’m with you
Peacefulness, tucking me in tightly
Finally, I can breathe
Breathe the life she restored in my lungs
Her heart inside of mine, beating inside my son
Her namesake
Her spirit passed on to him
I saw her smile at me through his lips
Her lips. Her spirit follows him
She is still alive.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 31, 2008

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