Poetry in Motion


You Called Me Corazón

Sandra Cisneros

That was enough
for me to forgive you.
To spirit a tiger
from its cell.

Called me corazón
in that instant before
I let go the phone
back to its cradle.

Your voice small.
Heat of your eyes,
how I would’ve placed
my mouth on each.

Said corazón
and the word blazed
like a branch of jacaranda.

"You Called Me Corazón" from Loose Woman by Sandra Cisneros. Copyright © 1994. Published by Vintage Books, a division of Random House, Inc., and originally in hardcover by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Susan Bergholz Literary Services, New York. All rights reserved.