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Poema: Noche de Sicarios

I write poems, essays and columns in English and or Spanish. Although much of the poetry, particularly in Spanish, focuses on romantic love, I also write about other experiences in the Juarez-El Paso border region and beyond. Some of my writings were published in literary pubs. I'm also a published nonfiction author and veteran journalist.

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Copyright © 2017 Diana Washington Valdez

Noche de Sicarios

Van por Juan "El Lukas" Martínez esta vez.
El comando recibió su orden y viene por él;
"Juan nos ha robado la mota y debe pagar
con su vida".
Es cosa de un destino brutal
que Juan "El Lukas" debía haber esperado.

El grupo de hombres fornidos
que forman el comando armado
entran primero a su antro favorito
sobre la Avenida Juárez;
agarran fuerza con sus tragos de whiskey
e inhalando un polvo blanco.
Sus caras sirven de espejo
uno del otro en una hermandad vil.

Salen listos los cinco y abordan
su carreta de la muerte,
rumbo a la Avenida Gómez Morín.
Ahí, en la curva de la cal…

Essay: A spiritual crisis can paralyze everything

A spiritual crisis can paralyze everything

F. Scott Fitzgerald: In a real dark night of the soul it is always three o'clock in the morning.

A dark night every day

By Diana Washington Valdez

It is difficult to get back on track with this "memoir" because I am not always sure of whether the past is gone or still present. Our memory records what has already happened, that is certain. But there is another dynamic at work whenever you look back, the effects that the past have on the present and the future.

The term 'dark night of the soul' is described by some as a painful spiritual journey and by others as a spiritual or existential crisis. The best-known expositions of this state can be found in the works of mystics like St. John of the Cross (a 16th Century and to an extent in the writings of Aristotle. In his book "Siddhartha," German author Herman Hesse deftly and beautifully summarizes spiritual conflict through the lives of his protagonist, Siddhartha, and…

Poema: Circuito de Amor

Circuito de Amor 

De amor en amor,

Pasos falsos sin número,
Derroche de pasiones;
No tiene sentido si todo
Al final seríaúnicamente
Para encaminarme al pasado,
Al retroceso que tu habitas y 
Que sigue extendiendo su cadena;
Besos, acaricias, noches de delirio,
Miradas cautivadoras que inspirarían
Sonreír a cualquier corazón; 
Nada logra desvanecer la sombra de tú amor,
Que me persigue en cada esquina de la vida
Y hasta en los rincones del tiempo que prosigue;
Cada nuevo amor suele ser un escalón más para
El largo sendero que me has destinado;
Cada vez regreso al punto del inicio
De este circuito del amor martirio.

[Copyright © 2017 Diana Washington Valdez]

Poema: Gotas de coñac

Gotas de coñac

A través de la noche
se fue cimentando
un gran amor.
Copa tras copa de
agua ardiente
llegó hasta el tope
de mi corazón.
Con vasitos finos de Marruecos,
bebíamos un elíxir rico,
mientras que el llanto
del moro nos llegaba
por la ventana;
El llora por mí y por todos,
por una pasión archivada,
entre libros y antigüedades,
que guardo en un rincón de mi alma.
El momento es frágil, veloz;
se suspende el deseo en una emulsión
de coñac y miel de gardenia;
la noche ansiada se desenvuelve.


[Copyright © Diana Washington Valdez]
 [para r.m.g.]

A spiritual crisis can paralyze everything

A spiritual crisis can paralyze everything

Quote: F. Scott Fitzgerald: In a real dark night of the soul it is always three o'clock in the morning.

A dark night every day
Diana Washington Valdez
It is difficult to get back on track with this "memoir" because I am not always sure of whether the past is gone or still present. Our memory records what has already happened, that is certain. But there is another dynamic at work whenever you look back, the effects that the past have on the present and the future.

The term 'dark night of the soul' is described by some as a painful spiritual journey and by others as a spiritual or existential crisis. The best-known expositions of this state can be found in the works of mystics like St. John of the Cross (circa16th Century) and to an extent in the writings of Aristotle. In his book "Siddhartha," German author Herman Hesse deftly and beautifully summarizes spiritual conflict through the lives of his protagonist, Siddhar…

The real UFO scare

My UFO scare, Part I
I met an interesting resident of El Paso, Texas, who wanted to share her experiences with me about alleged unidentified flying objects and alien abduction. After hearing some preliminary details about her encounters of the third kind dating back to childhood, I hesitated.
I’ve personally never seen any evidence of the existence of aliens from outer space. I’ve read plenty of articles and books, and like countless others, viewed numerous documentaries and movies about the phenomenon.
One of my favorite Hollywood movies centered on the topic is “Encounters of the Third Kind,” a 1977 release starring Richard Dreyfuss. The scene with him and the mashed potatoes is hilarious. I’m also a huge fan of “The X-Files” movies and television series with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, a made for TV match if there ever was one.
My reluctance to meet with this woman did not stem from my desire to scoff at these things. Friends and I have kicked around the UFO question for years…