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3 poems

by M. de la Rosa

M. de la Rosa is an editor, translator, curator, radio producer, poet and film programmer from Mexico. They run the Poetry Spotlight series on UK-based zine GOD IS IN THE TV, and their work as a music and film critic has appeared on Passion of the Weiss, Noisey, Film Inquiry, The Young Folks, and The Singles Jukebox. You can find them on Twitter @issue_666.

Eel 1

once you had a dream:

oceans, and sunken cities

written on your feet.



you’ve marked horizons

written your own directions,

systems of belief



everyone’s sleeping

the nightlight is comforting

only something's changed.



make my make-believe

close my eyes so I can see

what I really want



you know what you are

crushing force of memory

tell me why you're here.

Eel 2

she's breaking from home

it's not that she walked away,

her world got smaller



across the ceiling

pomegranate afternoons

drift and fly away



the air was singing

now is greater and she knows

with a sweet resign



it's like if summers

remind us of how, when, why

to live life on high



she's off on her own

she just wants to be somewhere.

she just wants to be.

Eel 3

I spent half my life

headfirst fighting everything

no one wants to cry



I spent half my life

trying to look like you don't try

like i'm not afraid



rain came down on me

when I swim I fly so high

If I sink I sink.



This is all I need

I just needed to believe

I'll finally win.

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