Three Little Words

Feature / Rossy Evelin Lima

Broken Bones

I am a beautiful broken woman,
my arms separated in three levels.
Thunderous is my independent torso,
my torso of perfect size,
my torso a treasure box, an unrestricted treasure box
in which I keep the thirst that I resist.

My legs, also cut in three,
are the trinity of my dismembered temple,
transformed pieces made
they are the flow of the sea
and they sail at will.

My shattered hands are deer crowns,
rooted stems
that whittle their own path.
Hands so free!

I am a beheaded woman,
a glorified decapitated woman.
My head is a nimbus,
for I am the queen
and my body is the empire.

                go on
vacant in all my sovereignty.
The shackles that once held me
slid through my broken bones.

I am the liberated severed woman,
the woman without yoke or tether.

With the Storm

I carve mockingbirds and quetzals,
my saliva sends the tones to its wings.
Seawater sprouts from my throat,
the orange sun, the green jade;
I hand them over
after chewing them for five centuries.

Once carved I let them free,
in this errant world.
I leave my cry in every one of them,
and the animals that don’t walk
                turn to muck
                              with the storm.

Tempus Fugit

I have the cadence of a serpent,
                                            I slither,
time caresses me softly
and hides peacefully
in my labyrinth skin.

I glee among the rocks.

The wind that carries me
is poetry
                living solely within my chest.

Rossy Evelin Lima is a linguist and translator. Her first book, Ecos de Barro (Otras Voces Press), was recognized by the International Latino Book Awards, whilst her second book, Augacamino, was published by Mouthfeel Press. She has been featured in numerous anthologies and journals around the world, as well as receiving the Gabriela Mistral Award in 2010, and the Concorso di poesia Altino award in 2015. Lima was also invited to be a TEDx McAllen speaker, co-organizes the Sin Fronteras Independent Book Festival, and is co-founder of the Festival Internacional de Poesía Latinoamericana.