SATURDAY POETRY SERIES PRESENTS: RAUL GUTIERREZ

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LIES I’VE TOLD MY 3 YEAR OLD LATELY
By Raul Gutierrez


Trees talk to each other at night.

All fish are named either Lorna or Jack.

Before your eyeballs fall out from watching too much TV, they get very loose.

Tiny bears live in drain pipes.

If you are very very quiet you can hear the clouds rub against the sky.

The moon and the sun had a fight a long time ago.

Everyone knows at least one secret language.

When nobody is looking, I can fly.

We are all held together by invisible threads.

Books get lonely too.

Sadness can be eaten.

I will always be there.


(Today’s poem originally appeared on Heading East, and appears here today with permission from the poet.)

Raul Gutierrez, Founder and CEO of Tinybop, is an entrepreneur with a 20-year history in technology and the arts. Tinybop was born out of a belief that all kids are explorers. His hope is to build a company where ideas, design, and engineering come together to delight, inspire, and educate children. Raul was born in Monterrey, Mexico, grew up in Lufkin, Texas, and now lives in Brooklyn, with his wife and two young boys.

Editor’s Note: Today’s poem has universal appeal. It captures the magic of imagination, and of love, before ending with a turn that both surprises and speaks to the heart. It is the kind of work that one reads, and shares, until it takes on a life of its own. It has been translated into over ten languages; just this week it was translated into German! (Check it out below.)

Today’s post is dedicated to my husband, who found and shared it with me, and to Natasha and Darren Brown. It is your inspired parenting that Matt and I both thought of when we first read this piece.

Want to read more by and about Raul Gutierrez?
Heading East – Mexican Pictures
Read today’s poem in Deutsch (German)!
Follow Raul Gutierrez on Twitter

About Sivan Butler-Rotholz

Sivan is the Contributing Editor of the Saturday Poetry Series on As It Ought To Be and holds an MFA from Brooklyn College. She is a professor, writer, editor, comic artist, and attorney emerita. She is also the founder of Reviving Herstory. Sivan welcomes feedback, poetry submissions, and solicitations of her writing via email at sivan.sf [at] gmail [dot] com.
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5 Responses to SATURDAY POETRY SERIES PRESENTS: RAUL GUTIERREZ

  1. Maya Elashi says:

    And even four-year-olds have thoughts of their own~~~as attentive parents can see~~~and Lettuce Say: Blessed Be(e).

  2. Frank Ortega says:

    Oh yes, we must keep saying these things.
    And if we believe some of them are lies
    they have a truth that clings to us nonetheless,
    that we use to build our lives,
    long after childhood has been shed.

    Me? I know ten of these lies are true.
    That leaves two, and I’ve never thought fish
    that wise to be so conformist.
    So it’s that last one, a lie
    that makes all the others truth.

  3. jruthkelly says:

    oh but… the trees do talk to each other, night and day, it’s no lie…

  4. Hecubus says:

    *Love*

  5. Isabela says:

    ❤ chapeau bas!

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