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Man Without Fear

Sholeh Wolpé

I hear shots.  
It’s the wind, I say. 
Then, loud murmurs. 
Surely the fountain below my room. 

The moon is a bruised fist tonight. 
It has obliterated the stars.  

I sleepwalk across the tiny island  
to you, mi Hombre Sin Miedo,  
my stony love. 
It’s dark and the padre in the chapel 
with his missing arm and chipped toes 
is soaked in yellow holy halo. 

But you mi amor, my lichen-crusted  
beloved, stand against this moon-lit wall, 
eyes sewn to the sea. Such sadness  
in the curve of your spine, the tilt of your neck.  
Does the smell of death still reek  
through the crevices of this blood-stained wall?  
Do the cries of men in Franco’s blizzard of lead  
still echo in the chiseled chambers of these ears? 

Here are my eyelashes.  
Take them in your lips.