Tomás Q. Morín is the author of Patient Zero and A Larger Country. He translated Pablo Neruda’s The Heights of Macchu Picchu, as well as co-edited with Mari L’Esperance Coming Close: Forty Essays on Philip Levine. He teaches at Texas State University and in the low residency MFA program of Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Piece by piece breaks the black wall
cloud of police; they pound
like rain and say don’t call it pain.
The cold fish and muddy clouds
of your face blacken then blue.
At work, your friends clown and tip
toe around in their rain boots.
When hope doesn’t rise like bread,
drink the sunlight to stay fed.