When the Void Is Obvious - Amanda Rosas

She sewed pockets into her uniform skirt,
said if she was going to be made to wear
this navy tablecloth, it needed purpose
beyond that of body and conformity,
past the roll call of religious and institution,
She wore glasses that she exchanged
for goggles to do her afternoon mechanics.
She, a poet of troubled thoughts of graphite
spread upon leaflets torn she wanted tucked
away until the midnight mind purge.
So she stitched in pockets to each side of her skirt,
the used blue cotton thick as overcast sky.
The things she needed now were near hugging
hip, and her hands were happy to
have a place to land as she smiled and
looked away mid-conversation.
Friends, sewing in some pockets isn’t so much
thinking outside the box as it is giving the self what
it needs when the void is obvious and too often, like
the deepest of dreams, overlooked. When, really, an
elemental act like thread put to needle, its
dagger point urging over and again, is
what stands between us and a new way of living.

Amanda Rosas is a mother, runner, teacher and poet. She draws beauty, strength and creativity from the Latina women in her family and from her husband and three young daughters. Originally from San Antonio, Amanda works to preserve the memories of her Mexican-American ancestors. She participated in the Twin Cities Listen To Your Mother storytelling event twice in 2018 and 2021 for their pandemic comeback show, and her work has been published by Red Fez.  She teaches Spanish and women’s studies in St Paul, Minnesota, and designed the online Activism Seminar and Latino/a/x Identity course for One Schoolhouse.  As an educator, Amanda infuses social justice, storytelling, BIPOC history and youth empowerment into her lessons. In her writing and teaching, Amanda emphasizes our human connections to one another, inspiring hope and justice for the future of her children and students.