Poetry

Julia de Burgos is My Saint
By Samaris Ayala


I am an artist.
Not by choice, but by calling.
My work is an attempt to
help me comprehend my life.
My collages help me write poetry.
It provides a way of expression, since
I am not a visual artist. I only
know art through expressing
my disability. Only with painstaking
supervision. Julia de Burgos is my
saint. Through her I believe that one
needs to work, in order to be an artist.
My rewards for my art, include teaching
and counseling.

I am an artist.
Not by choice, but by calling.
My work is an attempt to
create altars of my ancestors.
Poetry is an offspring of my collages.
Although not formally trained, I try to
create my world.
Julia de Burgos is my saint
Through her I understand
that it is a gift, not a privilege..

New York City-based Samaris Ayala contributes her poetry to Puerto Rico Sun. Samaris may be reached at sallypatches@yahoo.com.
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