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.
For JTS by David Vela
As I sit and recreate al-Andalus in my gardens, Ibn Arabi and al-Mutannabi my inheritance with Borges my guide, Castilian and French the clothing Of desire and loss
Roses this October pearl pink, sungold, ruby Spill fragrance that mingles with the jasmine, mint and White star of perfume
I miss your barb of insight, the poisoned tip of spear Aimed at the hearts of men who gave us hope as They did Swift — of being capable of reason, though Not so those blowing leaves and mowing, mechanized Warfare against and taming of Nature
Why don’t they do these things during the week when no One is around?
Two old men, we were, we imagined, even when Young, sitting on a bench, like Borges, imagining our Elder selves, spitting caustic invective against the Lesser of men, barbs with slender shafts armed With jagged teeth, set in reverse to bloodlet inanities
The objects of those insights ignorance-spilling when They pull them out
And you, saying as we crossed the River
Seine at midnight, the Tower looming on the Right Bank, Paris asleep in August: “Not bad for the son of a butcher And the son of a welder,” and I teared up nodding, assent A smile of yes.
David Vela, born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, now resides in Northern California where he writes poetry, short stories, book reviews and interpretive essays of literary criticism. David has taught in Paris where he researched and lectured on the Modern Intellectual and did research at the Institut du Monde Arabe. He taught for 22 years in the English Department at Diablo Valley College and previously at Dominican University, both in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has been a military veteran advocate throughout his professional career as teacher and writer. His two manuscripts, Irish Literary Influence on Jorge Luis Borges, and al-Andalus: What we inherit from Muslim and Jewish Spain in Jorge Luis Borges’ and Carlos Fuentes’ writing merge his interest in Latin America, Spain and Ireland.