Sandra Cisneros: Bay Poem from Berkeley


After our Shameless W.A. poetry meeting last night, Shanalee told me to visit our local used bookstore as quickly as possible, as there were 3 copies of Sandra Cisneros‘s book Loose Woman waiting to be whisked away.  After 5 well spent dollars, I started reading the book while my husband dozed in bed next to me.  Only halfway through, I already have a few favorite poems!  Sandra’s poetry is spicy and sweet, sexy and aggressive.  This is one of her more tame poems that really pulled at me:

Bay Poem From Berkeley
By Sandra Cisneros

Mornings I still
reach for you before
opening my eyes.

An antique habit from
last summer when we pulled
each other into the heat of groin
and belly, slept with an arm
around the other.

The Texas sun was like that.
Like a body asleep beside you.

But when I open my eyes
to the flannel and down,
mist at the window and blue
light from the bay, I remember
where I am.

This weight
on the other side of the bed
is only books, not you.  What
I said I loved more than you.

Though these mornings
I wish books loved back.


2 thoughts on “Sandra Cisneros: Bay Poem from Berkeley

    • Awesome! Yeah, you should definitely pick it back up. I like that Cisneros is accessible, but still super in-your-face and…different. She has a very distinctive voice. Let me know if you find a favorite poem out of the book. 🙂

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