Marisa Silva-Dunbar: I'm Never Afraid
Photo: Joanna C. Valente

Photo: Joanna C. Valente

I went to Starbucks to write—and I'm on Twitter


Tonight, loneliness was palpable.

The emptiness after a good conversation

with someone far away makes the silence

more noticeable. I wanted to curl into you—

sing you songs of the ocean at sunset, tell you

about the queen palm trees I heard in her voice.


And youyou are not even seven miles from me.

In these late hours I feel like there are continents

between us. I try to hold in my hands the things you

don’t say—the worries and wounds you bury

in your brain and bones. I wonder why you stay

away in the dark. When you sleep next to me,

you find a peace we both cling to—I’m never afraid.

Marisa Silva-Dunbar is a New Mexican poet. Her work has been published in Dark Marrow, Dear Reader, work to a calm, Chanterelle’s Notebook, and Marias At Sampaguitas. She graduated from the University of East Anglia with her MA in poetry. Marisa is a contributing writer at Pussy Magic. She has work forthcoming in The Charles River Journal, and Apathy Press. Marisa is the founder and EIC of Neon Mariposa Magazine.