Maria Del Castillo Sucerquia, I greedily swigged from your rich calabash of poetry, the same way I do to woodfire -made traditional millet beer with that natural scent of freshly baked bread, diligently brewed by willing, committed hearts and motherly peasant-earth eking hardened but passionate hands. The beauty of our African village lifestyles. Maria Del Castillo Sucerquia, your poetry is an embodiment of a myriad of voices and messages that matter most to humanity. Humanity had since experienced the horror of death and have incessantly groaned under the burden of sorrow for so long. Thus, we are serenaded by this blood-warming confessional poetry that tackles the subject of love with the inner depth emotion and belly pit passion. Here seasons of death are overtaken by scents of love blooming like petal of roses in our once grief- filled heart boxes. This love verse massages and bandages broken hearts to want to reconcile their tattered feelings for a renewed love life, mesmerizing. You are multi-gifted and not limited to one subject matter. Your torch bulb poetry reflects on human expectations, worries, anxiety, love lost, love found, lives lost and lives lived. The heroine in you remains resilient and uses poetry to speak on matters of the current life-threatening pandemic, the menace of the COVID 19 with its cantankerous triplet’s quarantine, lockdown and death. The set poems are outstanding, prolific and serenading.  Readers can spiritedly slide into a   dance trance and get trapped in mystic realms of holy poetic tongues. Aluta Continua- (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA)

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  1. Blooming dinner

Apologizes my withered violets, sweetheart.

This wound suddenly jumps from my chest,

your figure resting on the table reflects a lethal sun,

formerly I died of thirst.

Do not be mad for painful memory,

laugh at me.

Let your vineyard comes to me,

sows its freshness on my pistil with the healing secret.

Your rain silences my petals’ tears,

honey of your harvest moistens my lips,

from your mouth wine is my religion:

I bloom on your heart.

The bite of love makes me feel alive.

My violets restock the center of meeting,

sacred dinner fuses our lands.

Your patience makes wheat fields growing inside my slit ruby,

Light’s caress elevates the golden spikes.

Our wine cups collide to water the Eden.

  • Last rebirth

The sky tells me nothing,

words are covered for cotton

and I clean my blood with its soft and white silence.

I smell the rain but I forgot to dance its music,

my head remembers their fingers

playing a bird song with the eternal voice,

when thousand of spines spread fragrance across the earth.

My branches do not follow my heart,

I was worry about how to bloom.

The sun does not look at the horizon,

dawn cries as prelude melody for deluge orchestra.

The spring won’t come back to my garden,

I cannot turn toward the light.

My last desire:

lets my roses to open up one more time.

  • Viral society

I draw the faces in back of masks.

Eyes tell me crack and grimace,

yellow, red and white gazes scream emotions,

they impregnate my paintbrush.

Quarantine has terrible and fascinating colors,

ranks reveal the aesthetic of death.

Painting of world reverberates the crown of humanity’s Meduse,

I portray the three serpents I find under each mask.

Judas breaks mirrors,

Caiaphas steps on fellowman,

Pilate washes his hands.

The nineteen tarot card disappeared:

I do not find in love eyes.

Maria Del Castillo Sucerquia (Barranquilla, Colombia in 1997) is a bilingual poet (Spanish and English), short story writer, proofreader, mentor, oriental medic (Neijing, Spain), ancient Chinese language student and translator (from English, Italian, Portuguese, French, German, Greek, Arabic). Her poems have been published in national and international anthologies, journals, websites and magazines, and have been translated into Kannada, Bangla, Arabic, Greek, Italian and English. She has participated in national and international festival, recitals and webinars (Filogicus, Libresta, María Mulata, Bharatha Vision, Azahar, Atunis Poetry, El Heraldo, Muelle Caribe, Crisol, Uttor Kota, Sol y Luna, Sabdakhunja and other) Actually, she collaborates with translating and literature criticism in several literature magazines as Altazor (Chile), Cardenal (Mexico), Cronopio (Missouri), Golem (Mexico), Vive Afro (Colombia), and other.

Mbizo CHIRASHA( Time of the Poet Republic Curator)   Author of a Letter to the President. co-Authored Whispering Woes of Ganges and Zambezi. Co-Edited Street Voices Poetry Collection (Germany Africa Poetry Anthology). Co- Editor of the Corpses of Unity Anthology.  Associate Editor at  Diasporia(n) online. Chief Editor at Time of the Poet Republic. Founding Editor at WomaWords Literary Press. Publisher at Brave Voices Poetry journal.  Curator at Africa Writers Caravan. UNESCO-RILA Affiliate Artist at University of Glasgow. 2020 Poet in Residence Fictional Café. 2019 African Fellow, IHRAF.ORG. Project Curator and Co-Editor of the Second Name of Earth is Peace (Poetry Voices Against WAR Anthology). Contributing Essayist to Monk Arts and Soul Magazine.  Poetry and writtings appear in  FemAsia Magazine ,Wrath -Bearing Tree, Inksweat andtears journal , One Ghana One Magazine, Ofi Press, World Poetry Almanac, Demer Press , Atunis Galaxy poetry online , IHRAF Publishes , The Poet a Day , Bezine.Com , Sentinel UK, Oxford School of Poetry Pamphlet , Africa Crayons, PulpitMagazine,Poetry Pacific, Zimbolicious , Best New Poets ,Poetry Bulawayo , Gramnet webjournal, Diogen Plus , Poeisis.si , Festival de Poesia Medellin and elsewhere .

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