Dispatch From a Bombed City
In a café downtown
an old man strokes his prayer beads
the locals shovel snow
a mouse enters the wound
of a dream
In a country nobody can locate
on the map, the birds
migrate to the north
with the ashes of trees on their wings
Yes, the world
on the tongue
but here on the roof
Progress is now Made by the Number of Casualties
the earth, you hear
of the trees. And those who have
buried the dead
will dig again.
Copyright 2022 Simon Anton Diego Baena
Simon Anton Niño Diego Baena is the author of the chapbook, The Magnum Opus Persists in the Evening (Jacar Press). His work has appeared in Poetry Daily, The Bitter Oleander, Osiris, and elsewhere. He currently lives in the Philippines with his wife Xandy.
I didn’t know this poet — thank you for introducing him to us/ I love those two exquisitely imagist poems!
Yes, Simon is young and lives in the Philippines. He’s just starting to publish in the U.S. I’m glad you like his work.
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