Sunday, January 14, 2018

Walking the Symmetrical Path to the Sea

photo © Mark Butkus 2017
Russell Rosander takes us on a walk to the sea.

In the preference of nature for symmetry,
Down the crooked line of the spine,
Hands and feet alternating,
Propelling me forwards
Between left and right,
Traveling between my two eyes
Along the dividing line between opposites
Through which all water and blood flows
Down to the sea.

I walk the old road
From El Aguacate to Barra de Navidad
Between cattle, people and egrets.
¡Chido! ¡Mi hermanos, hermanas y amigos!
Between trees and hills and the wings of eagles,
And through the town,
The clatter, chatter and clutter
Of gossip and people debating points of view,
Heartfelt endearments between pairs of lovers,
Music and the raucous proclamations of children
Playing in the streets.

I pass dogs barking their warnings,
Vendors selling tomatoes, tacos,
Furniture and colorful adornments,
The roar of motorbikes and buses,
Traveling down radiant avenues
Through the buzz and hum,
All starting from the centers of their rider's beings
Towards predetermined destinations,
So complex, they seem disorderly,
Continuing and presiding over the dust
Of all that's passed before,
Past old people sitting in chairs
On sidewalks before the edifices
Of their labors, reminiscing.

Until I can go no further
And the waves of the sea
Wash upon my feet,
And I stand in the center of the beast of myself,
On two legs, from head to toe,
And look out into the vast beyond,
With two eyes watching the sun go down
On another day,
To which I can never return.


— Russell Rosander


An artist and poet living in the Costalegre of Mexico, Russell Rosander is also a co-founder of the Bar None Group. The Poet Laureate of Barra de Navidad hosts weekly readings and discussions on poetry, art, music and literature...but mostly poetry at Chynna's Backstage Bar and Blue Wave Cafe.  You can find more of his writing at Russell Rosander Short Stories.

Russell has four limited edition volumes of poetry — The Devil is the Creator, Heart of One, MotMots Emergency and Seeds Awakening — available for purchase at his Friday appearances at Hector's Corner Bar in Barra de Navidad. Copies are also available at Babalu's Café and Books in Melaque, Jalisco, Mexico.

Walking the Symmetrical Path to the Sea is from his 2014 chapbook of poetry, Heart of One.