“An Animal Resembling Desire”

Volume 8 | Spring 2018

by Sergio Oritz

Under an undecided bird
the day whines about orphanhoods,
clouds of absence hurt
a dark, putrid silence.

One by one the city awakens
its dead under a tired sky
to offer the waters
of its most recent words.

An animal resembling desire
extends laborious wings to petrify
the only tree standing.
Under fear’s silhouette

infancy picks up its waist
and places it on a stone blind wall.
Under desperation leaves
a god made of solitudes

forces the clouds
to rain punishments
and transform boulders
into jaguars.