(after the spanish) forgive me if i laugh you are so sure of love you are so young and i too old to learn of love. the rain exploding in the air is love the grass excreting her green wax is love and stones remembering past steps is love, but you. you are too young for love and i too old. once. what does it matter when or who, i knew of love. i fixed my body under his and went to sleep in love all trace of me was wiped away forgive me if i smile young heiress of a naked dream you are so young and i too old to learn of love.
From Homegirls & Handgrenades by Sonia Sanchez. Copyright © 2007 by Sonia Sanchez. Reprinted by permission of White Pine Press.
Sonia Sanchez received the 2018 Wallace Stevens Award, given annually to recognize outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry.
Date Published: 2007-01-01
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/ballad