Three Poems by Jose Manuel SÁNCHEZ

TO COMPOSE A VERSE
By Xe M. Sánchez

poetry is the most intimate act
of the people.

to love, two people, at least,
are necessary.

to compose a verse
only it is necessary
to be alive.

it is not necessary
-not even-
to be a poet.

I AM NOT A GOOD EXAMPLE
By Xe M. Sánchez

I feel very comfortable
in the shadows.
I don’t write to appear
in the picture.
I don’t want to give lessons
to anybody.
I am not a good example
for those who are dreaming
of the glory.
My poems
are only footprints
that I have leave on the road
in my search
of the philosopher’s stone.

KNIFES
By Xe M. Sánchez

Words are
like that Swiss utility knifes.
They are tools
for the adulation,
for the courtship,
for the love,
for the poetry
of a scorned lover.
But the words are also used
to start the wars.