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NPM poem by Jesse Castro




Jesse Castro was one of the founding co-coordinators of National Poetry Month in San Antonio. A visual artist, poet, activist, Castro's Outdoor Poetry at Earth House Studio in Cibolo have been on display all National Poetry Month. His poem "Mouse House" was selected for VIA's Poetry on the Move 2012.


Stretching Your Soul

for Meaghan

On your sixth Easter, you dreamt

you were a small brown sparrow

flying through an open window

of the house that your grew up in.

Afraid to look in mirrors, you

recognized your shadow upon the

wall waiting patiently for your


The moon was in your eyes;

devouring your voice, you

could not speak; but merely

looked back towards the west,

where a vagabond sun settled

among buildings huddled together

for the night. Their dreams

filled with the fading light,

an ocean within.

You stepped outside your skin.

A diamond shining in the dark;

their  dark, not yours.

Jesse Castro

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