I Ask for Too Much by Ysabel Y. Gonzalez

by Leslie Anne Mcilroy

Moongazer.  When I pull your eyes down         toward mine        
your chin still points north                                 I don’t see the same stars            

you’re taller
you can pluck these gems tucked away

I’m exhausted                                     from shining        like caught speckled light 

give me a chance to dull    see if you still love my humdrum


I ask               for too much

And when I say that I take a match to myself

Not sorry my body doesn’t torch                 flesh isn’t supposed to gloss

I prefer your eyes bound to growing green        thick brown bark
            sizing up the tread of feet along this world’s dirt

Photo of Ysabel Y. Gonzalez

Photo of Ysabel Y. Gonzalez

Newark, NJ native Ysabel Y. Gonzalez, is also known for her performance poetry under the alias Ancestral Poetisa. She received her BA from Rutgers University and an MFA in Poetry from Drew University. Ysabel has received invitations to attend VONA, Tin House, Ashbery Home School and BOAAT Press workshops. She’s a CantoMundo Fellow, and has been published or is forthcoming in the Paterson Literary Review; Tinderbox Journal; Anomaly; Vinyl; It was Written: Poetry Inspired by Hip-Hop; Wide Shore, Waxwing Literary Journal, and others.  You can read more about her work here.