GUESTBOOK (2012) 63: “I Want You to Know” (by John Martinez)

John M.

I want you to know,

I am afraid.

I am afraid

In the line of cars,

Like a steel snake

Coiling into the City,

I am sorry,

I am afraid.

I am afraid

In my skin

When it rises

Without notice,

When I catch my breath

Breathing without me,

When I loose the beat

Of my heart.

Hold me.

I want to sleep

In your breasts,

I want to catch you dreaming,

Tumble in your

Silk nightgown


Like a white feather

From the heavens,

I want to fly

With you.

Are you

Afraid too?

(© 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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