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.

Scars

Footprints of time,
they scar your life, 
decipher who you become.
                    
Each one, a new experience: 
Your stages
Your memories
                    
Scars carved in forcefully 
building you, writing your past
                    
Book written
over the pages of your soul 
with pain
with blood
                    
Wounds of the spirit, 
of the mind. 
Damaged heart 
Indelible marks
                    
Life changes step by step. 
Even if they want to,
they can’t hurt you anymore. 
Pain,                
it is fading into nothingness. 
You yourself have healed it.
                    

Pain vanishes
because you vanquish it every 
single day.
            
Fear disappears.
It festers no more; 
painless injuries,
they are now but tracks, 
experiences;
teaching scars
expert scars
                    
They come in all sizes: 
Huge labels
Big brand names 
Medium size footprints 
Small, tiny scars.
                    
Blessed scars that turn 
into experience,
They build up solid beings 
as they, simultaneously, 
rape innocence. 

Belkis  MMarte

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