One Word

Aug 9, 2015



or two
words are enough
to express feelings burrowed
deeply in one’s own soul.
When our eyes first see the horror,
our hands want to destroy the ugly remnants
of something that was once warm and loving.
Now only four skeleton of walls remain standing
decorated with newly sprung plant life
and a mattress between doors
a memory of life
but one word
now remains




Copyright © 2015 “One Word” by Martina Robles Gallegos




Martina Robles Gallegos:

I’m a beginning writer who survived a massive stroke and brain injury, and Achilles and heart surgeries… Just graduated with a Master’s Degree in Education, TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).

Martina (left) at her graduation

Graduating from Grand Canyon University: Martina (left) with Jessica Warren, her recruiting advisor


Martina and Thelma Reyna

Martina and Thelma Reyna—poet, author & editor of Golden Foothills Press





Photo, top right, decaying house by Bert Kaufmann from Roermond, Netherlands (This house is empty now ..  Uploaded by russavia) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.


Photo, below, decaying house by Jeff Moss (Decaying Alberta) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.


3 Responses for “One Word”

  1. What a fine poem; it sits up with such integrity and simplicity
    best wishes, esther

  2. Martina Gallegos says:

    I’ve been blessed to have met two wonderful, supportive friends and mentors, Dr. Thelma T. Reyna, my high school teacher, and Jessica Warren, my advisor at Grand Canyon University.
    Both have helped me through one of the biggest and scariest nightmares of my life and then throughout my search for a higher education degree, something that had been alluding me for more than fifteen years and almost lost completely about three years ago when I suffered a severe hemorrhagic stroke that also caused my brain to swell, forcing doctors to induce coma. I then had a heart procedure six months later. Both of these wonderful women encouraged me to fight, and inspired to write.
    I’m forever grateful to both. ? Gracias de todo corazón.

  3. Martina Gallegos says:

    Thank you, Ms. Esther,
    I appreciate your comment. I do belive I’m all about simplicity. Life is already too complicated, so I usually keep things simple, no sugar-coating either, my biggest flaw.



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