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aunt bea
asked me
to take her
to home depot
for a couple of rugs
in the parking lot
as we left
a woman approached her
asked if she need
a house to rent
aunt bea
the woman proceeded
to tell her
why she had
to rent her beautiful home
she spoken
with a heavy
spanish accent
very rapid
something about her son
bad marriage
unconcerned judge
jail time
seemed like
her entire life story
in forty-five minutes
as she spoke
now and then
she’d switch to spanish
and then
back to english
patting on her heart
as she spoke
they parted as friends
as we drove home
i asked aunt bea
if she spoke spanish
how much she understood
of the conversation
aunt bea said
i don’t speak spanish
i didn’t understand
much at all
other than
she was in deep pain
like all of us
just needed
to listen

– Charles W. Martin 

© 2015, poem and illustration, Charles Martin, All rights reserved


Jamie Dedes is a Lebanese-American poet and free-lance writer. She is the founder and curator of The Poet by Day, info hub for poets and writers, and the founder of The Bardo Group, publishers of The BeZine, of which she was the founding editor and currently a co-manager editor with Michael Dickel. Ms. Dedes is the Poet Laureate of Womawords Press 2020 and U.S associate to that press as well. Her debut collection, "The Damask Garden," is due out fall 2020 from Blue Dolphin Press.

2 thoughts on “no translation necessary . . .

  1. I found this piece quite poignant. A slice of life, but with so much truth in it. Forty-five minutes! Your aunt must be a saint, and what a big heart she must have. Funny how life’s lessons can come at the times we least expect it, in the middle of the mundane. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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