red pen in hand,
he tells me lines should
in order to empha-
like the ones in my family’s history:
that words are like the earth
forth during an
& that verse has more meaning
when words can teeter-
but as much as I try to
break the lines in their proper
there are words
that I cannot separate,
like father, mother and child,
words that I cannot break again
like father and leaving, mother and deserting,
child and hurting,
words that stay together all by themselves,
like immigration, isolation, desolation.
From Toys Made of Rock (Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe, 2015). Copyright © 2015 by José B. González. Used with the permission of Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe.
José B. González
José B. González is the author of Toys Made of Rock (Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe, 2015). He lives in Quaker Hill, Connecticut.
Date Published: 2017-09-18
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/lines-breaking