From time

immemorial

we’ve pressed them

into clay,

or stone,

a coarse brush

of ochre

on cave walls,

engravings

on sarcophagi

and on forgotten

stelae

consumed

by the greedy

jungle;

they’ve flowed

from tributaries

of indigo

on the odd leaf

of skin,

or pulp,

from feathered

quills,

or styli

of steel:

enough pages

to fill the oceans,

letters raised

on the road

rash of billboards,

a forest of graffiti:

the legacy

of pictographs

and glyphs,

cursive and kanji,

cuneiform sagas

and the enigmatic

runes,

Sanskrit scriptures

that whisper across

millennia,

the Aleph

and the Roman

dispersed

through the staccato

music of keys

that sing

through a conduit

of light,

engulfs

the world

to convey

a mere

shadow

of meaning.

 

Robert René Galván

Robert René Galván, born in San Antonio, resides in New York City where he works as a professional musician and poet. His last collection of poems is entitled, Meteors, published by Lux Nova Press. His poetry was recently featured in Adelaide Literary Magazine, Azahares Literary Magazine, Gyroscope, Hawaii Review, Hispanic Culture Review, Newtown Review, Panoply, Prachya Review, Shoreline of Infinity, Somos en Escrito, Stillwater Review, West Texas Literary Review, and the Winter 2018 issue of UU World. He is a Shortlist Winner Nominee in the 2018 Adelaide Literary Award for Best Poem. Recently, his poems are featured in Puro ChicanX Writers of the 21st Century and in Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art and Thought. His forthcoming books of poetry are Undesirable: Race and Remembrance, Somos en Escrito Foundation Press, and The Shadow of Time, Adelaide Books.

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