With this ring I promise you – Gabriela M.

with this ring 

I promise you 

I will erase the shadows of the slave trade 

locked in the heat of samba in the nights of carnival

coins put on the eyes of dead at funerals

-forgotten tickets of the unforgotten underworld- will shine like stars

with stolen leaves from the old olive tree

I’ll wash your temple covered by the sand and blood of the bullfights 

and mend the bones of sugar skulls spread on the Aztec lands  

I will return your boat to shore with one single I love you

in dark I will immerse your soul into the waters of Guadalquivir 



when the ocean laments in the purple of sunsets

the orange-yellow striping of green anacondas fades in dust 

when phantoms intoxicated by the worlds of purple belladonnas and of grass

grasp in search of a tomorrow that may never come

I’ll draw the road of love on your old navigation maps

the burning of the boats will stop

and moons will drop blueberry honey on your face and palms

with this ring

made from the muscle of my lively heart

I promise I will love you till the end

when you will travel the whole earth

in search of that which is the scent of me


Gabriela M. is a US university professor and author of three novels. Her poetry was published by Spillwords Press, STRAWZINE (London), Wolff Poetry Literary Magazine, Vita Brevis, Indian Periodical, Gioielli Rubati Poetry (translated in Italian by Flavio Almerighi), Tuck Magazine, KashmirPen, “Heretics, Lovers, and Madmen,” Literary Yard, Proletaria, and Free Verse Revolution. She was selected “Author of the Month” at Spillwords (April 2019). Her poem “the breath of love and death” was voted “Publication of the Month” at Spillwords (November 2019).  Gabriela’s work was included in the anthology America’s Emerging Poets Southeast Region (Z Publishing House, 2018) and Florida’s Best Emerging Poets 2019 (Z Publishing House, August 19, 2019). She blogs at  https://shortprose.blog/ .  
Christina Schwarz, the author of the New York Times Bestseller “Drowning Ruth,” on Gabriela’s poetry: “With lush language and lavish imagery, Gabriela M. evokes a fantastic world ripe with emotion.”  

Image by Michael Gaida from Pixabay

13 thoughts on “With this ring I promise you – Gabriela M.

  1. Such powerful imagery and provoking associations and flows, a sense of histories and myths, dreams and losses, and beginnings and endings all working around and through itself. Fantastic. Congratulations. Well deserved.


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