Baptismal Lips

Can lips baptize your soul?

Only if you give in and dive in


and let your lover pull you back to float on the surface

with kisses of warm honey

you both return to center


Pueden los labios de tu amor bautizar tu alma?

Solo si tu cedes y sumergirse en

de buena gana

y dar permiso a tu amor

para extaer tu

para flotar en la superficie

con besos de miel templado

tanto vuelve a centro

(a poem inspired by Cuban poet and activist Angel Cuadro’s “The Poet in Socialist Cuba” when writing to Juana Rosa PIta. He used the term “baptismal lips” but not in the context that I used here. I read the term and used it in a much different way from his.)



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