My words are up against the wall,
that slither along the outer rim
of the greater prismatic signified.
estas alas luminosas
de tantos pensamientos,
su vuelo refrenado
por este vidrio opaco.
up against the wall
contra el muro
two lonely tongues
dos lenguas solitarias.
I weave them
like so many pearls,
una escalera de luz
that overcomes the limits,
que derrumba los muros,
words that fly on shimmery wings
en todos los colores de
~ Julie Sellers
An Associate Professor of Spanish at Benedictine College, Julie Sellers has twice been the overall prose winner of the Kansas Voices Contest. She has published in Kansas Time + Place, The Write Launch, Kanhistique, and New Works Review. Her third academic book, The Modern Bachateros, was published in 2017 (McFarland).
Monthly Editor Maril Crabtree’s poems have been published in I-70 Review, Coal City Review, Main Street Rag, and others. Her book Fireflies in the Gathering Dark (Aldrich Press, 2017) is a Kansas Notable Book and Thorpe Menn Award finalist.
2 thoughts on “Up Against the Wall — By Julie Sellers”
I really like this poem. The Spanish adds even more depth to the English.