My indecipherable shadow on that faraway beach. You talked to it.
I did not hear what you said because I wasn’t there. I was in the cemetery looking for a grave. I couldn’t find it.
Name after name stuck on crosses.
Trophies of death lurking in the heat like carcasses hanging on a rail.
Concentrated flavors of withered roses.
I am telling you I went to the wrong cemetery. My feet got puffy. Was I wearing somebody else’s shoes?
The sunset lifted me in the air.
Good, I thought. Now, perhaps I could find the grave. I looked down and instead I saw shadows dancing on the top of each cross. I searched for my own. It wasn’t there.
Ah, now I remember.
First you kept my shadow with you on the beach.
Later you buried it into the ocean’s waves.
You did it, didn’t you?
Gabriela M – Author of the Year (2020) at Spillwords Press NYC – is a US university professor and author of three novels. Her poetry was published in Spillwords Press, Vita Brevis, Indian Periodical, Gioielli Rubati Poetry (translated in Italian by Flavio Almerighi), Tuck Magazine, KashmirPen, “Heretics, Lovers, and Madmen,” Literary Yard, Proletaria, Free Verse Revolution, and other venues. She was selected “Author of the Month” at Spillwords (April 2019). Her poem “The Breath of Love and Death” was voted “Publication of the Month” at Spillwords (November 2019). Gabriela’s work was included in the following anthologies: America’s Emerging Poets Southeast Region (Z Publishing House, 2018); Florida’s Best Emerging Poets (Z Publishing House, 2019); and Pain & Renewal (Vita Brevis Press, 2020). Her poetry book, Passion: Love Poems and Other Writings, will be published by Vita Brevis Press under the pen name Gabriela Marie Milton in Spring 2020. She blogs at shortprose. Christina Schwarz, the author of the New York Times Bestseller “Drowning Ruth,” on Gabriela’s poetry: “With lush language and lavish imagery, Gabriela M. evokes a fantastic world ripe with emotion.”