Octavio Quintanilla ~ Influx

Too much killing
south of the border, the heavy rains
make it easier for bodies to disappear.
And so,
the dead come from Argentina, El Salvador, and Mexico,
as if looking for a new start.
But we know better.
Some drift quietly to our porches or get stuck
between the branches of mesquites.
Others find their way into our cars, grin
behind the steering wheel
as if relieved to finally get home.
It’s a common sight and no one bothers them.
Their foreheads have a gunshot wound or a message.
Eventually, the water will return to where it came
and we’ll see the tops of hills.
We’ll see clouds, small birds, and maybe we’ll even see
a small plane lose itself
in the folds of the sky.

{first published in J Journal}
Octavio Quintanilla is the author of the poetry collection, If I Go Missing (Slough Press, 2014). His work has appeared in DM, Salamander, RHINO, Alaska Quarterly Review, Southwestern American Literature, The Texas Observer, and elsewhere. He is a Canto Mundo Fellow and is the regional editor for Texas Books in Review. He teaches Literature and Creative Writing in the M.A./M.F.A. program at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, TX. You can follow him on Twitter @OctQuintanilla

Read more of Octavio’s poetry in
http://www.dansemacabreonline.comThornton Flora 4


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