local_library Last Night

by Alicia Viguer-Espert

Published in Issue No. 278 ~ July, 2020

as seagulls buried themselves

in sand,

up

the highest palms

hid a tiny bat.

 

Comfort could not be had,

spikes

covered the fronds.

It landed stretched upside down,

cutting a strange silhouette

over the redden sky.

 

I remember thousands leaving

underground caves in India,

like a tsunami,

forceful, all at once,

a dark winged invasion

feeding on fruit trees.

 

Today,

I shivered

thinking about

your companionless figure,

exposed,

in the darkening palm.

 

 

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Born in Valencia, Spain. Raised in a bilingual household of Castilian and Valencian, Alicia learned English as an adult, began writing in English in 2017 and that same year was the winner of the 2017 San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival Book Contest with her book Holding a Hummingbird. As a featured poet, she has read her poems at numerous venues within the greater LA. Her work has been published in Colorado Boulevard, Lummox Anthologies, Altadena Poetry Review, ZZyZx Intersections, and Spectrum Publications, among others. She’s a 2020 Pushcart Prize nominee.