Abuelita. a poem by Juanita Rey

Juanita Rey


There was never a television in her house.
Just an old radio that ran off a battery.
She was always averse to plugging things in.

La sala was lined with photographs in descending order,
from her stern mother and father, to one of her wedding day,
down to my sister and myself.
With every generation, the smiles grew wider,
though, as her stories told it, 
the happiness from first to last was unvarying.

She read little, only left the house to shop, or see old sick friends,
engaged in an on-going dispute with the woman next door
though it’d been years since her garden-chomping goat died.
When I visited, her conversation was much as it had been last time,
as if such a small mix of doings and opinions, repeated endlessly,
was all that needed knowing of a life.
If she hugged me tight enough, I’d believe it.

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Juanita Rey is a Dominican poet who has been in the USA five years. Her work has been published in Pennsylvania English, Opiate Journal, Petrichor Machine and Porter Gulch Review.


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Published by darcie friesen hossack

Darcie Friesen Hossack is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers. Her short story collection, Mennonites Don’t Dance, was a runner-up for the Danuta Gleed Award, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading Evergreen Award for Adult Fiction. Citing irreverence, the book was banned by the LaCrete Public Library in Northern Alberta. Having mentored with Giller finalists Sandra Birdsell (The Russlander) and Gail Anderson Dargatz (Spawning Grounds, The Cure for Death by Lightening), Darcie is now completing her first novel where, for a family with a Seventh-day Adventist father and a Mennonite mother, the End Times are just around the corner. Darcie is also a four time judge of the Whistler Independent Book Awards, and a career food writer. She lives in Northern Alberta, Canada, with her husband, international award-winning chef, Dean Hossack.

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