GUESTBOOK (2012) 52: “I Remember Like it Was Yesterday” (by John Martinez)

John M.
I remember
Like it was
I remember
I melted
Into the asphalt,
How my words
Rose like puffs
Of black smoke
I remember
Becoming ash,
Then blowing
Away in a whirl
I remember
Like it was
I remember
My body pumped
Like a Volgwagon,
The tears
Of my girls
On the riverbank
I remember
In the reflection
Of a cloud,
My teeth grinding
For the last time,
I remember
Deep, into the well
Of my bed,
My wife touching
My face
With fingers
Of rain
I remember
The crash,
Metal ripping
My lungs out
Like two baskets,
I remember
The Police,
How one smelled
Of cigarettes
And a young lover
I remember
I said goodbye,
Embracing myself,
My true love
I was leaving,
I remember
All of this
Like it was

(© John Martinez, 2012)

John Martinez writes poetry. Sometimes, he gets one right. He studied poetry at Fresno State University…attending Advance Poetry Writing with Philip Levine for four years. He also took a class in Bone-Head English. For the last 15 years he has worked as an Administrator for a well known Law Firm in Los Angeles. Before this he was an investigator and before that… well, he was homeless. Mr. Martinez believes in a lot of things, but mainly John believes in the power of being human; that spirits rise from being human and NOT the other way around. John believes in God. He would like his poetry to be read by as many people as possible, but on the other hand, he would like, one day, to understand his own poems and why he must write them. (Karl adds that he is a rippin’ guitar player!)


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3 Responses to GUESTBOOK (2012) 52: “I Remember Like it Was Yesterday” (by John Martinez)

  1. Again, I am just bowled-over by this man’s talent. Thanks for sharing with my readers John!


  2. I love this. Thanks for sharing it,


  3. Stacy Fisher says:

    I love your prose and give it high praise. Look forward to more of your musings, Mr. Martinez.


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