Ariel Francisco: Special Feature
PISSING ON THE LAWN OF A FORECLOSED HOME
A chorus of frogs petitions for the moon
to roll out from beneath the clouds
as I make a pit-stop on my stagger home—
I’m not going to make it and I know
there will be no one peeking through
the grimy window, no light flicked on
in response to a drunk in the yellowing yard.
What’s another patch of dead grass anyway?
I do my best to get every drop onto
the ugly white sign but fail miserably.
That gold coin of a moon appears, fat
and disapproving, and I think maybe
the frogs are crying for someone else.
Ariel Francisco is a first generation Dominican/Guatemalan/American poet. He is currently completing his MFA at Florida International University where he is the editor-in-chief of Gulf Stream Literary Magazine and also the winner of a University & Colleges Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets. His chapbook Before Snowfall, After Rain is available from Glass Poetry Press and his first full length collection, All My Heroes Are Broke, is forthcoming from C&R Press (2018). He lives in South Florida.