Poems by:

Belkis M. Marte

Belkis Marte Martich, Dominican Republic, narrator and poet. Bachelor of Behavioral Sciences from Mercy College. In his career he has ventured into the world of narrative, poetry and children's literature. He has published Memorias de mi Infancia (Cuento, 2016), My Childhood Memories (Cuento, 2017), De ti Depende la Color de la Noche / You Choose the Color of the Night (Poetry, 2018), El Girasol Haragán / The Lazy Sunflower , (Children's literature, 2019), Banana and Carrot Dream to be Free, (Children's literature, 2020), and Una Chiquita Gigante / A Giant Little Girl, (Children's literature, 2020). Belkis has participated in the Bronx and New Jersey book fairs. She was recognized for her literary contributions at the XXlll Fradique Lizardo Art and Culture Awards, 2019, San Cristóbal, RD. She was named, ambassador and cultural promoter of the Bronx by the Poetic and Cultural Cafeteria, Candela, of San Cristóbal, her native town.

The sap of my veins
(Tears that cleanse)

The sap of your memories
poisons my soul.
Boiling bowl in hell.
Nothing can stop my ferocious
heart; it knocks things down
with great strength,
like a river that overflows.

The weeping drags along
the garbage;
My veins lie completely
atrophied.
My tears lug remembrances,
cleansing vestiges of pain.

Replacing your lies 
with green pastures; 
with shimmering-sun dawns: 
a dream where sweet
words are sincere.

The sap of your memories
attempted to slay me,

The evil in them,
of your love, poison.
It no longer inhabits
the pathways of my body.

There’s peace gleaming
in the emptiness of my past.

Belkis  MMarte

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