I’m hating the moaning dead nonstop.
I’m tired of the chase I give them. I understand
bridges will outlive us as
cement monoliths
sinking under
the desert where it’s best to walk at night.
Growing up, we called these types of roads
spaghetti bridges, but we never felt
their height inside the car.
Back on the edge, with a wincing smile, I bite down
on memory
of what I’ve done to survive and
back away from the ledge.
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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