Rinconcito is a special little corner in Somos en escrito for short writings: a single poem, a short story, a memoir, flash fiction, and the like.
Photo by John C. Mannone
Two Poems by John C. Mannone
I cannot see through glass frosted with shadows. Greener grass edges the pane, beckons.
Mosaic of rainbow colors, collaged on this side of the door, intones the music of promises
bound with hope, the strength of iron, to buttress my own frailty I pray will not easily fracture.
A dove perching next to me once whispered in the ears of my heart in a dream.
Though bedside promises blur with uncertainties, I hear your voice. I’m opening the door. I’m coming home.
My long-lost sister Lidia came from Argentina I rushed to be with her
but waited in the car that I left running, prayed for courage to climb the steps
and pass through the door so I’d see her once again even though she was gone Her body left in a casket
John C. Mannone, an Uruguayan-born Sicilian, has published poems (some bilingual, some in Spanish) in various magazines. In 2017, he was awarded a Jean Ritchie Fellowship in Appalachian literature and served as the celebrity judge for the National Federation of State Poetry Societies in 2018. Two forthcoming collections are Flux Lines: The Intersection of Science, Love, and Poetry (Linnet’s Wings Press, 2021) and Sacred Flute (Iris Press, 2022). He edits poetry for Abyss & Apex and other journals. His parents migrated to the U.S. when he was 4-1/2 years old and he grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. A retired physics professor, John lives in Knoxville, Tennessee.