UPNFM Tegucigalpa 3.23.12

2012, Events

Last full day in Honduras. A whirlwind. Deliriously amazing. Early flight to the capital, Tegucigalpa. A morning talk for students at UPNFM there. An afternoon workshop for writing tutors. Thank you to Carmen Urcuyo of the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa. And thank you to Prof. Gloria Ulloa (standing under the mural) and her kind, energetic, brilliant students. Below, poems by two of them. Click on their names for video:

Luis Jancarlos Montoya

My Self-portrait

I’m 20.
I’m 5’6’’ but I don’t look too tall.
I’m overweight but I don’t look too chubby.
I have thick, black hair I never comb.
My eyes are average brown
And my skin is like caramel.
My smile is happy and carefree
But my eyes are sad and sober.
My youth is my treasure.

My Secret Self-portrait

I could fool anyone at first sight.
I look like the prey but in fact, I’m the hunter.
My hunger is only noticeable at night, in the dim light, shining in my dark eyes.
My ambition knows no limits
But my fear is the thought of not having enough time
To do what I want.
I look for love but sometimes, I just lay and wait for it to find me.
Sometimes I go to bed thinking: “Hmm, under that rock, I should’ve checked twice.”
But in the morning, I forget.
I love the sun and the heat, I feel like a tourist in my own lands.
I take life with my already full hands.

Yolany Lagos

My Self-portrait

I wear glasses
Hey! I just can’t see
I am short and chubby
just like a little girl
I now have red, short hair
It has changed since I was 13
My lips look like a little heart
They are always ready
to give a kiss full of love

My Secret Self-portrait

I am always surrounded by people
but loneliness is my best friend
I am afraid of disappointing her
I am afraid of losing myself
Many think I am bossy and mother-like
but I am fragile as a feather
and caring as a sister
Sometimes I just want to leave
go to a place far away and
start being who I really want to be

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