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My Selena, poem by Clifton Snider

My Selena, poem by Clifton Snider

My Selena

Here's my tribute to Selena. Like many others, I barely knew who she was before her terrible death. Indeed, I knew only the one song, "Forbidden Love," which I'd heard on the radio before that day her life was cut short. Since then, again like many others, I've grown to love her and her music.

She surfaced in a drag show,
a song on Love Radio about Love Forbidden,
two words in English.

Her fate fractured the front page: "Latin Music star Selena Shot, Killed in Texas Hotel." On April First a goddess was born,
perfect, complete, her work just begun:
to cleave barriers like a butcher, in Rose Petal Sauce,
As Water For Chocolate

Selena, with your eyes blazing,
your black hair swinging,
your lips full, your bosom fresh
like Botticelli's Venus, a flower indeed
riddled with too many prickles.

, sweet pain, my favorite song,
"Like the Flower" -your rock-hard gift to us still alive with hope:
love.

This poem is in my book, The Alchemy of Opposites (Chiron Review Press, 2000) and in my new collection , Moonman: New and Selected Poems (World Parade Books, 2012). It was first published in Genre, 1996. To learn more about my poetry, see Clifton Snider, Poet and The Age of the Mother.

-Copyright © Clifton Snider, 2012

I am pleased to post a translation of my poem into Spanish by Melvin Rosales.

-Copyright © Clifton Snider and Melvin Rosales, 2012


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