CORRIDORS

  A students' magazine for mental health advocacy

IN DEFENSE OF SWEAT

BRANDON MELENDEZ

 

How long have I hated my body

for being the flood

that drowns the ark

& all the animals inside

me. I lust only for absence

& an endless drought;

I beg to stay

untouched,

for no one

to reach out       & plunge their hands

through me.

 

Think of a city

that the sky      melts for.

Does the city have

a body? or is it

a Roman aqueduct

buckling

beneath its own weight.

Now think of a dance

floor or a bed

of skin wrapped

in someone’s impatient

breath

there I am      alone & soaking

in the carpet.

 

` I know,

 

I know,

this bounty of broken

faucets

also means my body is good

at letting things go.

I saw my dead

friend once                  beneath

a bathroom sink

& I started running towards

or away from      the sound

of water

I can’t be sure which

only that I kept running

only that I became the water

& could hold onto

nothing

after that.

 

ABOUT BRANDON MELENDEZ

Brandon Melendez is a biracial poet & educator from California, where he attended UC Berkeley. He is a National Poetry Slam finalist, Rustbelt Poetry Slam finalist, two time Berkeley Grand Slam Champion, he has won “Best Poem” & “Funniest Poem” at collegiate national poetry competitions. He is currently an MFA candidate at Emerson College.