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José Alcantara: Countertop

I run my hand along the surface 
and feel a smoothness like volcanic glass.
The granite comes all the way from India,
but when I look closely, I see nebulae. 
I see galaxies. I see little black suns 
orbited by little black planets,
and on the planets, deep black holes,
dug by broken black bodies. 
And I see the black bodies heaving black stones,
and the stones burnished in black blood,
and buffed by black bone 
to the smoothness of volcanic glass. 
And on the counter I lay bread, apples, cheese, 
green olives, and those little swords 
we use to stab the olives, so we can lift them 
to our mouths without dirtying our hands.


Copyright 2020 José Alcantara 
First appeared in Making Mirrors: Writing/Righting 
by and for Refugees 
Black Galaxy (granite countertop from Stonemason)

5 comments on “José Alcantara: Countertop

  1. absolutestone1
    August 28, 2020

    This is very good advice! Very honest and practical. I really enjoyed this post. POST POST. These tips can help a great post. Kitchen Countertops

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Eric Paul Shaffer
    July 28, 2020

    Well done, Tony. Excellent images and perfect last line.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jose A Alcantara
      July 28, 2020

      Thanks, Eric. I guess you survived another hurricane.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Barbara Huntington
    July 28, 2020

    Wow! Yes. This one hit me hard. Thank you

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Patricia A. Nugent
    July 28, 2020

    Made me swallow hard.

    Liked by 1 person

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