She wants to known if I love her, that’s all anyone wants from anyone else, not love itself but the knowledge that love is there, like new batteries in the flashlight in the emergency kit in the hall closet
Soy vanidosa, déspota, blasfema;
soberbia, altiva, ingrata, desdeñosa;
pero conservo aún la tez de rosa.
La lumbre del infierno a mí me quema.
Es de cristal cortado mi sistema.
Soy ególatra, fría, tumultuosa.
Me quiebro como frágil mariposa.
Yo misma he construido mi anatema.
Soy perversa, malvada, vengativa.
Es prestada mi sangre y fugitiva.
Mis pensamientos son muy taciturnos.
Mis sueños de pecado son nocturnos.
Soy histérica, loca, desquiciada;
pero a la eternidad ya sentenciada.
When I am lonely for boys it’s their bodies I miss. I study their hands lifting the cigarettes in the darkness of the movie theaters, the slope of a shoulder, the angle of a hip. Looking at them sideways, I examine them in different lights. My love for them is visual: that is the part of them I would like to possess.
I felt like crying but nothing came out. It was just a sort of sad sickness, sick sad, when you can’t feel any worse. I think you know it. I think everybody knows it now and then. But I think I have known it pretty often, too often.