La Cabra Ediciones, Mexico City 2013

COMO SI LA SILLA VACIA / AS IF THE EMPTY CHAIR (Mexican Edition)

, by Margaret Randall

Do I Get Out of Bed This Morning?

Memory moves across a map
like the lines in a face
spread and deepen,
souring testimony
to the smile gone,
the unheard laughter
and cheek offered up
for a kiss that will not come.
Skin fades imperceptibly,
its colors hesitate
unsure if they will cling to heat
or sink to the pale pulse
of resignation.
Do I get out of bed this morning
yet again? Do I wash my face?
Do I speak?