Ese otoño llovía sin compasión.

Las hojas blandas cubrían el suelo.

Los charcos eran espejos,

Luces rojas, amarillas, y verdes

Se veían boyar en sus reflejos.


Por primera vez pensé:

“No viviré más en esta ciudad”

Todo había terminado

Como una ráfaga de fuego

Que borraba lo que fué.


Ese instante se clavó en mi memoria

Como vida que cumplio su ciclo.

No había otra escapatoria

Lo que trillaste en mi

Ya no tenía cabida en ti.


Las palabras fueron

perdiendo su musicalidad

Solo quedaba un ruido uniforme.


Distante es la emoción

De aquellos años verdes.

De aquel horóscopo en el periódico

Que nos decía, “ Es más fácil llegar a la luna

que lograr tus sueños”


Es tiempo de partir.

De levantar la cabeza.

Juntar las migajas,

Y meterlas en el bolsillo.

Mirar atrás solo para asegurar

Que sí, que pasó, que fué verdad.

Francis Mateo

Francis Mateo

Francis holds a Bachelor in English Literature from Hunter College (CUNY), a MFA in acting from Brooklyn College. His poetry and short stories have been published in different magazines in Argentina, Germany, and Dominican Republic.
Francis performed with the band La Sovietika poems from his first book of poetry, “Ubre Urbe.”

His second book, El Alto published by Ediciones Cielonaranja is out now and available for purchase via Amazon.

A performer/actor, Francis has appeared in off-Broadway and off-off Broadway productions with the Public Theater (Shakespeare in the Park’s Mother Courage starring Meryl Streep) Classical Theater of Harlem (Starring Andre DeShields, Shakespeare Forum, Mabou Mines, APAC, Otro Teatro NY, Repertorio Español. Film works with directors such as Melvin Van Peebles, and Spike Lee including in TV commercials and voices overs from Verizon, Optimum, Anna’s Linen, Burlington Coat Factory, Oscar Health Insurance, etc.

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