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Winner: The Weekly Poetry Contest #25

Pacific Passage

by Diego Luis
(Providence, Rhode Island, USA)
Published January 14, 2018
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Pacific Passage

by Diego Luis

Pacific Passage

They met
in the lower intestines
of a ship
they fell in love
despite their chains
despite the storms
over the waves
they starved together they
mourned together they
told stories of lost childhood
and dreamt of running, of swimming
in sun-scorched seas, of rebirth
as albatrosses, while dumping friends
into ocean currents and watching the sharks swarm,
and when the whips came like thunder they grew
wings from cracked shoulder blades and found
the same winds as Magellan, flying west
into certain night, the dark their blanket
from cold, waiting for a glimmer at their backs
to alight a familiar coast, where sea birds
snatch fish and roost and share warmth when
storms roll in from the far east, storms
strong enough to snap palm trees, but storms
that would crash vainly against the nest
they built—a nest impossibly strong,
Of iron chains and charred earth


Biography
Diego Luis lives in Rhode Island where he studies at Brown University as
a PhD Candidate in history.
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