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If I Could Write Away Time
by Rene Reyes
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
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My Metaphoric way of erasing bad things from our world; like passing judgment, racism, pain etc. A performance piece written years ago

If I could write away time,

I would erase the last 20 years,

glue shut my tear ducts, cause

back then I had no tears.

walk the skyline in Mami's stilettos,

put on Chela's skirt and LaLa's favorite

rainbow punch sweater.

Stay a child just a little while



I would burn down Walter's market, where

we went with Mami's notes to get her cigarettes,

shoot Mr. Kim with tar tranquilizers, so he

could feel the curse of being chinese and black.

Crack jokes about him not looking like the others,

because he had more melanin than the rest.



Never would have taken time to learn English language,

because our native tongues make even sad words sound

warm and glad. English hurts too bad. And I

wouldn't pretend I never had an accent.


I would take the hearts of kittens and place them

in each man;he be gentle and fierce together, king and coward but my coward; I wouldnt judge him, just love him

till the end.


 I would let the love of children be our only air,

so we would never mind breathing again, never ever

have those insecure cares.


then I would take sisters and touch their fingers, so that

we could experience others truths, put aside our silly ideas

and not need an actual "reason" to stand for a truce;

let it be known that when you raped them, you are raping me too, there is so much more in this short life we really could do




arms locked to block the clocks of socialized genocide,

its not diseases we know that kills us , its the filth

of our past inside. We judge and die when all others really

want is to know what we stand for and why...


its not that hard...


you may lose a friend or two, but if so, they were really foe; you might have to look at yourself in the mirror, and if its the first time, take off your sneakers, stand proudly

in your broken glass chips all over the floor.

Lay all our sh*t bare and then say take me as I be

'cause the new me is free, and I'm in charge of who

I let hurt me and who I chose to love at all cost, to know happy.


Life is a f**cd up game to be in,


I like living

so I have to play and make up my own rules.

I choose to beQueen commander, because it is all I know how to be; until I lose...then there's the bruise, but in time, they seem to heal.


We seem to forget that even a leader can bleed...

Catch the blood drops from my eyes and don't

leave me stained.


A girl of  5 knew then to do this, but the world

shut its doors, taken her spirit away again;

20 more years passed and still the cycle of agony

never ends...


If I could write away time, I would only deduct

that thing which makes us suffer.



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