This is for you, driving down at five am
with your bass bumpin’, annoying
the pillow bound and daring
dogs to howl up my street. Are you waking
yourself to the subwoofer’s rattle of music
or are you homebound after a night
mourned like a cigarette crushed
but unfinished? Maybe, later on,
I’ll stand with you in the grocery store line
without knowing you were the one
awake when I was, grading papers
in a cold kitchen, wanting
my coffee still trembling hot
without a sunrise in sight.
Juan J. Morales is the son of an Ecuadorian mother and Puerto Rican father, which inspired much of the poems in his poetry collections, The Siren World and Friday and the Year That Followed. He is also the author of The Handyman's Guide to End Times (Forthcoming, University of New Press, 2018). His poems have also appeared in Copper Nickel, Poet Lore, Pank, Hayden's Ferry Review, Poetry Daily, Post Road, terrain.org, Green Mountains Review, and Pleaides. He is a CantoMundo Fellow, the Editor of Pilgrimage Magazine, and the Chair of English and World Languages at Colorado State University-Pueblo.
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