Poetry Post #10: Sonelo

Sonelo by Abel Rodriguez G.
poemSoneto

The heat of your kisses
The day you stole my heart
I feel the passion of your verses
You came into my life with great reason

Thank you God for being placed in my path
I’m scared of losing you
I suffer, I don’t see you and in my dreams I imagine you
By being stupid and immature I preferred to not see you

In this solitude of 3 walls
Day after day I remember yesterday
The love you wished for
Of your kisses that were to believe

The day you stole my heart
You came into my life with great reason

About the poem: Rei’s translation of this poem attempts to recapture much of the poignancy present in the original, but the words stumble with a lack of punctuation cues. Nevertheless, the earnest nature of the poem shines from either version. Abel continues the tradition of writing a love sonnet, but brings a reflective, nostalgic twist to his poem.

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Poetry Post #9: What Poetry is for Me

What Poetry is for Me by Alfredo Martin

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About the Author: Alfredo began our class this spring semester. As soon as we began discussion, he was the one who was always willing to share his opinion and view. If one were to describe him in one word it would be ‘analytically’. He would not just talk about the definition of the word, but he would also elaborate, to the best of his ability, of the implications it brought to the global structure of a poem.

Poetry Post #8: True Gangster

True Gangster by Jacob Greenlee

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About the Author: Jacob “Creeper” Greenlee has been a part of Prisoner’s Poetry since the start. He has truly embraced poetry as an art form of self expression. He has been featured in Willamette University’s Prisoner’s Poetry video. Currently, he is a continuing student and hopes to incorporate poetry in his life after his time in the Oregon State Penitentiary.

Poetry Post #7: Naturaleza

Naturaleza by Anonymous
poemNaturaleza

Nature

Natural like a purity

Simple you are a beauty

You give all the best of your harmony

But, we are satisfied with

Your peace and happiness

From your fruits-colors and life

That you share days and nights

That brilliant color Orange

That erupts from your beautiful

mountains Green full of life

from which the birds sing

the lizards come out of their burrows

the fish jump into their

beautiful waters in which

we can appreciate something natural

that is reflected in various colors

protected by your surroundings

there is no end! It only gets dark

the color of

that burning light ends on a journey

coming out of a quiet solitude and constant

nothing ends it only

repeats itself. Overlooked

in between dark shrubs

the chirp of some grasshoppers

around us we can hear

and in those beautiful waters

a reflection of light we can appreciate

around us brilliant

points we can appreciate

but the sounds vary

they are the tadpoles that sing

their harmony to the water that

continues being a natural today.

About the author: The author is the youngest student in the class, and has insightful thoughts to add to class. He is a bit shy and requires coaxing in class, though.  Rough translation by Rey.

Poetry Post #7: Pretend

Pretend by R. Miranda

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About the author: R. Miranda has been featured in the second poem, “Seesaw.” In person, he is a large, barrel chested man who beat Danny Trejo during a bench pressing contest. His introspective poems about prison life were brought to life when he performed this poem for the Prisoner’s Poetry group at the Oregon State Penitentiary Poetry Slam night.

Poetry Post #6: Scars

poemScars

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About the Author: Alfredo began our class this spring semester. As soon as we began discussion, he was the one who was always willing to share his opinion and view. If one were to describe him in one word it would be ‘analytically’. He would not just talk about the definition of the word, but he would also elaborate, to the best of his ability, of the implications it brought to the global structure of a poem.

Poetry Post #5: The Price of Ivory

The Price of Ivory by Shawn Martin

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About the Author: Shawn is an old student and very lovable ( a direct quote from Rei!). On that note, Rey describes him as a “teddy bear.” He is currently taking college courses with Chemeketa and is dedicated to being a life long learner. He is interested in pyschology and sociology. He really loves elephants, and nature and all its glory.