July 2011 Poem of the Month – Yvonne M. Estrada


Take the moon with you;
she’s a good singer and knows
all the night songs.

She’s an adaptable travel companion;
she can be a fishhook if you’re hungry
or a place to hang your keys or jacket.

If you wake because you hear noises at night,
she can be a sharp fang that devours monsters,
roots them from dark corners with precise beams.

She can play tricks too; she knows how
to make herself a hatched spider’s egg,
and all the stars run out in every direction.

Take the moon because, if you go,
nothing, not even she, will be beautiful
to me anymore.

Yvonne M. Estrada has published in Emerging Urban Poets Workshop Anthology (vols. 1-3), …and in fact there was no ceiling fan, San Gabriel Valley Quarterly, Catena, Verse Wisconsin and Pulse Magazine. You can see her read her work on the GuerrillaReads.com website (she’s #8).