Ernesto Trejo


Ernesto Trejo (1950-1991) was a poet from Fresnillo, Mexico. He published multiple collections, mostly in Spanish but some in translation, including his only full length collection in English Entering a Life. His poetry was written in a characteristically clear and straightforward vernacular.

Today I’ll Sit Still

Today I’ll sit still.

When my dog shuffles over and offers me

his fleas and his soul, I’ll turn away.

To everything I’ll close my eyes,

slice the darkness and eat it.

I’ll refuse to give money on a platter

or a wet kiss under the moon.

Today I’ll just sit

and say No to everyone and everything.

To the book on my desk, its sad tale

of abandonment, remorse and death;

I’ll keep it on the tip of my tongue

like a lukewarm dime.

No to the daily mail with its greasy fingers,

no to the telephone and its humming

through the carcass of a sparrow,

no to every projection of the self.

No to me, this preposterous accident

who speaks of the “self.”

Today I’ll be anti-social.

Today I’ll grow into myself, be the river

of my blood, the sky inside my eyes,

the maze of my ribs, the dust that settles

on my heart. I’ll let my bones sink

like pebbles in a pond.

I’ll let my feet grow roots and be an extra zero

on the checks that I’ll refuse to write.





Literary Movements:


Anthology Years:




Mental Health

Literary Devices:


a figure of speech in which words repeat at the beginning of successive clauses, phrases, or sentences


An inversion of typical syntax (word order).


a comparison between two unrelated things through a shared characteristic


the attribution of human qualities to a non-human thing


a comparison between two unlike things using the words “like” or “as”