The Ofi Press Magazine

International Poetry and Literature from Mexico City

Eloísa Peréz-Lozano: 1 Poem Published


~For all bilinguals who hide their accents well.


I look like you

But not quite like you

Hiding in plain sight, another me

Waits for the right moment


English is a tennis ball

In a well-matched game

Lobbing back and forth between us

When my phone interrupts our play


Just a second, I say

While I answer my call


Mama’s voice rings out

And I suddenly morph

Your head turns back, thoughtful

As my inner form appears


A few notches louder than before

My melody soothes you

Your apprehension melts away

As you listen without understanding


I didn’t come to confuse

Only entrance

Linguistic dance

A bilingual romance


With you I am an English master

A domain I rule

Then, in a second, I’ve switched

That girl is gone


Y ahora estoy aqui

A master of Spanish as well

It's easy to lose yourself

Under my sonorous spell, isn't it?


Consonantes crujientes y vocales abiertas

Are tendrils from my tongue

Attracting your ears

To drown in my sensuous sounds


Ni sabes lo que oyes

But you are hypnotized

Looking at me like a trainwreck

You cannot ignore


Solo que aqui

It is a trainwreck inside me

Who is this girl?

Your eyes ask


I say “Adios, Mama

Te quiero mucho


And the spell is broken

My English returns with my other me

Whom you recognize slowly

As the me you know


That girl is back

My inner nature veiled once more

You won’t remember

But I’ll never forget


The way your eyes

Saw my other side

Glimpsed at that reality

And didn’t recognize who I was


I smile from inside

Waiting for the next time I’ll appear.

Poem by Eloísa Peréz-Lozano (USA)

Published in issue 39 of The Ofi Press


About the Poet

Eloísa Pérez-Lozano grew up bilingual and bicultural in Houston, Texas, where she currently resides. She graduated from Iowa State University with her M.S. in journalism and mass communication and her B.S. in psychology. She is a long-distance member of the Latino Writers Collective in Kansas City and she was selected to be a Juried Poet during the 2014 Houston Poetry Fest. Her poetry has been featured in The Bayou Review, Illya’s Honey, the Johnson County Library’s 2014 Poem-a-Day Program, and the 2014 Houston Poetry Fest Anthology.

Image by Mr. Hayata.