Chicano Literary Movement · Classic · Collection · Contemporary · Latin-American Culture · Latin-American Literature · Poetry

Sandra Cisneros

Bring me a drink.
I need to think a little.
Paper. Pen.
And I could use the stink
of a good cigar–even
though the sun’s out.
The grackles in the trees.
The grackles inside my heart.
Broken feathers and stiff wings.

I could jump.
But I don’t.
You could kill me.
But you won’t.

The grackles
calling to each other.
The long hours.
The long hours.
The long hours.

— Sandra Cisneros, “I Am So Depressed I Feel Like Jumping in the River Behind My House but Won’t Because I’m Thirty-Eight and Not Eighteen,” Loose Woman: Poems. (Alfred A. Knopf; 1st edition, April 26, 1994) Originally published 1994.

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