Construction Literary Magazine

Spring 2018

In Progress

In Progress
Photograph via Flickr by José Moutinho


Like a child planting seeds
out in no man’s land

you need to sketch bullet holes of Generalissimo
not this window
not this vase
for there are flowers in most rooms
here in Madrid

and what could be more beautiful than the urn placed near the altar?

outside
the leaves are trembling
like a priest
praying, doubting
his god

you must break
the bread, you must
spill the wine
on that empty table
facing the mirror of Damascus

you need to smoke calmly
just watch the dead drift away

in fact
the lighthouse still exists after every sunset