VAO Celebrates Poetry #2: No, Trovador

To celebrate National Poetry Month, we will be posting some of the many outstanding poems from Along the River. Here is the poem for which Verónica Sandoval took second prize.

No, Trovador

No, Trovador
I will not let you sing to me about love
I will not be another conquest de guitarra y amores de México
Yo no soy tu Amorcito Corazón
Tu muñeca de cuerda
I will not wait que salga la luna
I do not need your cositas bonitas
Quiero ser como Chavela Vargas
Quiero ser La Negra
Quiero nunca tener que engrasar las ejes de mi carreta
Quiero amar
a mi manera.

-Verónica Sandoval