I Cloud The Orphan Sky

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About Francesca

Francesca Castaño lives and works in Barcelona. She is a Spaniard who writes in English. Her Master’s thesis was published by the University of Barcelona. Her poems have appeared in Ygdrasil, A Journal of the Poetic Arts: Selected Poems by Francesca Castaño, Shot Glass Journal, The Foliate Oak Literary Journal Annual Print Edition, Decades Review, Whitehot Magazine Volume 4, among others. She was awarded the 2016 Blackwater Poetry Competition Prize.

I Cloud The Orphan Sky

I walk breathing
the city’s faint stink

cross a treeless square
shivering in the dark

see myself inhabiting 
a wasteland of little flags

a broken sky not by birds
but by black drones circling

the globe, covering liquid distances
swift as a pang through the body.

I understand the invention of paradises – 
otherwise, one has to give up to nothingness:

beauty is not vain, it flames the mind
with visions of fantasies ahead – and

after sucking darkness out of the day
trying to chase the fainting light

made of reveries stolen
I let fear show itself clearly in the air

a branch shaken by the wind,
crossing impossible distances too.

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