An Ode to the Best Odes

To Keats:

I fell in love with an ode you wrote

for I love the fall

most of all

when leaves dress up in their best attire

and to you, Percy B. Shelley,

Your Ode to the Skylark

will be with me forever

for I was thrilled to know

that “like a poet hidden

in the light of thought

I too would sing the hymns of love and life.

I too would touch the hearts of others

And to you William W

I owe you oh so much

because I learned to keep in touch

with remembrances of

my childhood dreams of past and present.

Had it not been for my teacher, Mrs. Metelitz

I would not have understood

your Ode on Intimation of Immortality from Recollections of Early


And to you Pablo Neruda

I pay homage to the Maize

My grandmother

made into a sorullito and guanime

and that my mother

taught me to make

and I will past the tradition onto my daughter



so that Maize


be praised forever.

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