Eucaris Jiménez is a Dominican immigrant and a sophomore at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she is studying exercise and health science. Her goal is to become a physical therapist. She writes poetry to relax and relieve stress.
“Whenever I’m inspired to write poetry, my mind goes into a meditative state,” Jiménez said. “I find a topic, collect and analyze words to fit that topic, then switch them around in my head and pronounce them using my inner voice. Then I project that voice onto the page, writing my poem fully, then leaving it and coming back to it later. I might change some words or ideas later, but I never change its essence and meaning.
“I want to take poetry with me when I become a physical therapist,” Jiménez said. “I want to help my patients go home happy every day either after reading an inspiring or motivational poem, or after writing one on their own. Physical therapy for me has to do with the wellness of the body but also with having a healthy and positive mind.”
I Love The Way You Make Me Feel
By Eucaris Jiménez
I love the way you make me feel
Like a red cayenne when the breeze hits after the sun is up in the
mornings, opening her petals to grant us splendor.
Like the anthem that Quisqueya sings everyday “flaunting the invict
glorious pendon”. With that kikiriki that wakes us every day, along
with the fresh scent of the Santo Domingo coffee, a new day to feel
thankful for in every sip.
Like the flag on my plate that Mom cooks, with patriotic seasoning
that calls my attention, and makes me impatient. Her chicken and
beans so delicious to me. That smell. So vibrant I taste it.
Like the Bahoruco River, dangerous, but orchidaceous, deep but
diaphanous. The water flows so strong. What about the deep holes?
All covered with branches, how would I know?
Like your blue sight, your blue sight, that captivates everyone who
looks from the first time. You Punta Cana, so blue and popular, a sister
of the seas, so green like an emerald, a place to find peace.
Like a woman of rain, who walked barefoot, leaving behind only
footprints on you. Like a woman of thunder with a lighting smile who
keeps strong despite the battle. Like the woman I am, because I love
you, Republica Dominica.
I love the way you make me feel.