Quechua in the metro His Captain America shirt would never have given her away, nor his smile that hides behind the veil of all commuters. However, the days bring small surprises and she had to open her mouth to scold her son. At that moment everything changed, she spoke in the language of his parents and the parents of his parents denying everything that has been imposed on her. She spoke with the words that turn wagons into wet branches and that play with fire in an ancient ritual. His scolding felt like a short song conjuring the arrival of the rains that comes as the whine of the wheels against the rails and with the click of the tongue against the palate It resembles a broken basin, filling her mouth with splinters. Harsh Sonnet Forced surfaces have been built on top of the resin built for years, unversed feasts take place every day in this forbidding mourning of those who walk feet after feet. By noon we can pick out the stranded words that haven't been said in years and die on top of the sidewalks as the walkers pass by in a hurry, like ducks by the ferries, moved by the folding waves, where sterile lilies born once and die immediately with the anger of those who haven't seen the light of day. After//noon One hand on the handle of the briefcase the other loosely perched on the railing guiding our bodies into the gutter, a wet yarn bough bracing the city guided by the prophets of Novocain with a pill on my face as in Abel's face, preaching those who listen to the voices and take Cain's rock in their hands, and thrive above us as the speared guns they are, while we sank deeper into the boundless string of yarns, chanting forgotten duets in the surface of the ground, jaywalking in one direction always as the flies moving towards trash.
José Luis Álvarez Escontrela is a Student of Literature at the Central University of Venezuela, working in his Bachelor’s dissertation, with a Creative Writing Minor degree from the Metropolitan University and ICREA. He was part of the anthology Poets Night I of Diversidad Literaria press (Buenos Aires, 2015). His poems have appeared in Juste Milieu (June 2019) and Rigorous (July 2019). His poems will appear in MásPoesía (2019) and in Inkwell (April 2020) as the winner of the National Literature Day poem. He has published non-fiction articles for Problemon (2019).
Image: Watercolor on paper, 14&1/4" by 22&1/2", by Eric Linker, circa 1998.