Ross Losapio

Guernica
by Ross Losapio

The laser eye blinks as your measured step breaks

its ankle-high sight; you’re hypnotized by the mural’s

newsprint grayscales, drawn into the vacuum

of 3,000 incendiaries collapsing the canary breasts

of women and children gathered for market day

in Basque country. A museum guard motions

you back, but gently, for a man of his profession

—his half smile conceding that, after closing,

he welcomed Guernica home from its forty-five year

exile with a gentle caress, the tip of his tongue pressed

lightly to the horse’s throat, the soldier’s mismatched

hands. Outside, tapas bar waiters drag aluminum tables

into the street. Catkins extrude into falsely warm, February

air. The guard’s chin stubble sheds oil-black flakes like ash.

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 17, Issue 1.

Ross Losapio Ross Losapio is a graduate of the MFA program at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he served as Lead Associate Editor for Blackbird. He is the recipient of the 2013 Catherine and Joan Byrne Poetry Prize. His poetry appears or is forthcoming in Copper Nickel, Hayden’s Ferry Review, the minnesota review, The Emerson Review, and elsewhere.

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