The Underground Garden: Manolo Zayas


 

I try to have back
Like my Father gave back
My Man had your back
You could just get him back
He always had back
Because he always had backs.

I try to give back like that yet it’s crushing
All the weight
That’s why for all time He’s known as a Great.

He carried tremendous baggage tremendously lightweight
He was fast, unexpected
Yet always expected
When you needed back.

Just a fact.

No matter the struggle or sorrow
It’d be no setback
He’d find a way
Then he’d come back
And you’d get your peace back.

I try to have back
As I heal my own back
From not getting back
Or not asking back
Or not speaking back
I find my own back

As a Woman, not a Man

Balanced.

As I try to be back with light back
I know who always has my back

Papi
Dad.

 

papiyyo

 

Liza Zayas is a lover of writing and dancing and celebrates both as a singer and songwriter performing as Luna del Flor. You can hear her collaborative sounds and experience life through her storytelling. She invites you to dance. Her poetry seeks to initiate dialogue by intentionally expressing consequences of love, lust, ego and self-respect.