Juan Luis Guzmán – POEM FOR THE DL MAN WHO LOVED ME

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Juan Luis Guzmán

POEM FOR THE DL MAN WHO LOVED ME

Cabro cabrito
              cabrón, you give good guilt. You make of me 
              something wild.  Cabro cabrón. 

                                                     this animal in me

Cabrito,
              you hold power over me like carcass 
              between lips, a kill not meant for feast.  

                                                     release this animal-release in me

Cabrito cabrón
              treading on the clever goat-feet
              my grandmother warned about.

Diablito. Secret keeper. I signed your book.
              Teeth cage my tongue from slipping. 

                                                     this animal

In your eye, you hold
              the sweetest meat; in your cheek
              you’ve sewn away my taste.

                                                     release me

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