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Blog do escritor Luís Soares

Javier Zamora - Exiliados

for Monika Sok


We didn’t hold typhoons or tropics in our hands.

I didn’t reach across the table on our first date

at Cornelia Street Café. In my humid pockets,


my fists were old tennis balls thrown to the stray dog

of love bouncing toward the Hudson down

to South Ferry. We didn’t hold hands in that cold


October wind, but the waves witnessed our promise

to return to my cratered-deforested homeland,

and you to your parents’, sometime in the future.


No citizenship or some other violence in our countries

(separated by the Pacific, tied by the latitude

of dragon fruits, tamarinds, mangosteens) was why


we couldn’t, and can’t, return for now. Then, us

in the subway at 2 am, oh the things I dreamt: a kiss

to the back of your neck, collarbone, belly-button, there—


to kneel and bow my head, then return to the mole

next to your lips and taste your latitude together.

Instead, I went home, you touched my cheek,


it was enough. I stood, remembering what it’s like

to stand on desert dirt wishing stars would fall

as rain, on that huge dark country ahead of me.