Published On: Sun, Oct 21st, 2012

Poetry: Prometido by Venessa M. Diaz

can I please cover you
keep you warm at night
with salacious idolatry
constant innuendo
veiled acts of indecency
can I pretend I am who you want me to be
can I writhe around your soliloquy
be your Salome
act like it’s all within reach
your speech joining my praise
a marriage made in a star-crossed heaven
can I please
please you
reach out far
out to the extreme
dream the impossible dream for both of us and feel we every time I close
my eyes
feel the burning the hunger and the never ever
can I
tell me
can I
allow me to beg for mercy
allow me the taste of you
brand new like spring or solstice or the equinox of any season
give me a reason to be reborn
to roll in your green grass where it is most certainly greener
to breathe in your air where it is undoubtedly cleaner
be your North Star
your guiding light
a compass through this journey of life
let me be your freedom
let me cover you
like henna transcending skina purpose deep within
whom which I cover
let me cover you
with mind-altering frequency
with delicious possibility
with deja vu and epiphany
I will cover you
can I please cover you


Venessa M. Diaz

Born and raised in Queens, New York, Venessa M. Diaz is a quadruple threat – singer, actor, writer and director. Venessa began singing at the age of 5 in various choirs and glee clubs and continued through her academic career, including performing with the prestigious NYC All-City High School Chorus. She has also had the pleasure of being a guest performer for the United Way/NFL Awards on Cable Television, and has performed with recording artists Huey Dunbar, Clint Holmes and Dan Zanes. Since the age of fourteen, she has performed in over 75 original plays and musicals throughout New York and abroad. As a founding member of accomplished youth theater companies such as the Creative Arts Team (CAT) Youth Theatre and Urban Youth Theatre (UYT), Venessa is dedicated to creating theatre that is politically and socially conscious. As a playwright, much of her work has been produced by the very same youth theatre companies she founded. As a Drama Education Specialist, she has taught Poetry Slam, Playwriting, Theatre and Musical Theatre in New York City public schools for over 10 years. Her one-woman play, Organic Sofrito or Other Recipes for Disaster was a finalist in The Alec Baldwin  Fellowship at The Singers Forum.

Venessa is a proud member of the Actors Equity Association.

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Poetry: Prometido by Venessa M. Diaz