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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Poems by Rafael Ayala

Poems by Rafael Ayala


Memory is in the fingertips
Colors are in the eyes
Infancy is contained in the backbone
Worlds are born in broken shells
There will always be a sign in every object
made vague in the horizon
An infinite omen in the night
A sparkle suspended on the forehead
An old smell beneath the pebbles
A red sun behind the hills
Sunrises on the eyelids
Balloons floating in the sky
Villages unsuspected in the soles of feet
Giant anemones in the clouds
Beings that walk on their heads
Suns like pupils
Divers drowned in a glass of water
Shipwrecks of desperation
Locomotives exhaling a swarm of flies
Trees that understand what we say
A clock with arms and legs
A tower submerged in a puddle
Eyes crying birds
Dreams that drive their cars in the night
Rafts that navigate the arteries leaving a trail of stars
Songs searching for the light
Skies tense like elbows and arms
Cities built in my left hand
Suns between fingers
Tides of deaf ears
Pieces of beaches in the retina
Aquatic insects
Maps of remote places like galaxies
Discussions over matters that we will soon forget
Islands that are nests of sounds
Impressions of everything dreamed


The fire, pair of the universe,
creates a sun
spilling out flames.

The fire moves towards the center.

The breath is wind
that sings without stopping.
The eyes
that light up
in a glimpse of clarity.

The sweetness of fire
enraptures a naked body
and the leaves of summer
sing in the eyes’ brightness.

Everything shakes under your breast.

Rafael Ayala Paez, has degree in Education and Language Arts, is founding member of the Municipal Writers Network of Zaraza, Guarico. He has published in literary magazines in many countries including India, South America and Europe.
Some of his poems have been translated to English, German, Frenchman and Hebrew. He has published Bocados de silencio, 2012.

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