POEM WRITTEN BY MY DAD BASED ON A DREAM A DAY
BEFORE MY SECOND BIRTHDAY, BRONX, 1992
Dream of language burning
songs echoing convictions
a cloudscape floating overhead
a looming face
dream of words turned to smoke
smoke rising from a cosmic bonfire
I know the eyes
but not the face.
Ariel Francisco reads “POEM WRITTEN BY MY DAD BASED ON A DREAM A DAY
BEFORE MY SECOND BIRTHDAY, BRONX, 1992”
Ariel Francisco is the author of Under Capitalism If Your Head Aches They Just Yank Off Your Head (Flowersong Press, 2022), A Sinking Ship is Still a Ship (Burrow Press, 2020) and All My Heroes Are Broke (C&R Press, 2017). A poet and translator born in the Bronx to Dominican and Guatemalan parents and raised in Miami, his work has been published in The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, The New York City Ballet, Latino Book Review, and elsewhere. He is Assistant Professor of Poetry at Louisiana State University.