Juan Lli Pedraza
I'm a Venezuelan poet living in Florida. I am a poet for hire on the weekends which means I type poems for strangers on my typewriter about whatever topic they want. Hope you enjoy.
Check my work on IG: @juanspeaks
A Letter to Bart
I look at all the things that occupy space. All the things which are here now but will soon be gone. Your three bowls, the one for water, the one for dry food and the one for wet food. Your two beds strategically positioned for you to comfortably move around the house and rest when your legs get too tired. Your blanket, the one you find yourself bundled up in way too often and always falls half-way down the living room. The few toys that once were yours but now, with your vision almost gone, have become no one’s, just decorative memories of past times. The box holding your leash and rain jacket and sweater.
Taste of Tradition
In another world, I’d be making tortilla española, aligot, tonkatsu for my grandfather so his taste buds could tiptoe through the gates of cultures unknown to him. Instead, I write a piece in analysis and remembrance of his life through a Venezuelan dish.