El Encanto

The Sunrise Beauty

In the early morning hour,

just before dawn, lover and beloved wake

and take a drink of water.


She asks, “Do you love me or yourself more?

Really, tell the absolute truth.”


He says, “There’s nothing left of me.

I’m like a ruby held up to the sunrise.

Is it still a stone, or a world

made of redness? It has no resistance

to sunlight.”

–Excerpted from Rumi



September 28, 2002

Un Anillo

Me dijiste que querias

comprarme un anillo

algo sencillo, bonito


Algo que me lo puedo poner

y cuando lo veia,

pensaria de ti.


Ahora escucha

como me adorna tu amor


en mis labios

llevo la apertura

de tu boca,

cuervo oscuro

donde llevas el secreto

de flores.


Por mi cuello, brillan

los lagos azules de tus ojos

en mis manos

tu piel

–JWC 1999


  1. Ronnie’s avatar

    Happy anniversary, Jennifer and Dennis. The love you two share inspires beyond words. Hugs to you both on this wonderful day.

  2. Linda’s avatar

    Que poema marvelloso! Felicitaciones y abrazos fuertes a vosotros dos! Happy anniversary!

  3. Terre’s avatar

    Happy anniversary to a lovely couple! Thank you for the beautiful poems.

  4. Shelly’s avatar

    Beautiful! Happy Anniversary :)


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