Poem 35 In Solidarity: Round-Eyed In A Square between Taksim and Catalunya

Kymm Coveney


Round-Eyed In A Square between Taksim and Catalunya

for Ester Quintana; #resistturkey

Friends leap off bridges
while she stands aside.
‘Neither a follower nor a leader be’
her internal compromise.

Crowds make her nervous.
Who’s to say they’ll not turn?
Hoards veering
like a school of fish. Sharks
trained on some unforeseen target.

It is not the crowd, not her friends
sweeping the streets
in slap-dash formation
riot gear at the ready
steering her retreat
up a dead-end alley.

She holds the hand next to hers,
not yet defiant. Still
only adding her voice,
she looks up at the cornice
facing home.

There is no way out from this
Searing pain
seething confusion.
No uniform staunches the bleeding.
No ambulance is let through.

She did not see the future coming,
cannot see it go up in flames.
She leans on a friend, one
of the kind who leaps off bridges.

Ella/El sculpture by Maria Roldán Photo: Kymm Coveney

Ella/El sculpture by Maria Roldán
Photo: Kymm Coveney

Kymm Coveney was born in Boston in 1959 and moved to Spain in 1982. Now living in Barcelona, she raises polyglot daughters and fools with written languages at http://betterlies.blogspot.com.es/. She tweets under the handle @KymmInBarcelona, and for her interpretations of translated poetry, go to http://kymminbarcelona.tumblr.com/.

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One response to “Poem 35 In Solidarity: Round-Eyed In A Square between Taksim and Catalunya

  1. Powerful and sad. A moving piece.

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