Cameron’s holidays with rams

we will sing our small hells
into a stupor                   into deep wells
filled with shawls and reposado
as well as lengthy hugs between
acquaintances cum freshly frenzied friends

charity will park outside of a motel 6
on the coast                    wring our hands
of drownings and wrap our hearts in darkness

i am neither fresh to death
nor fresh for death                      your skin
our skin wails of nutmeg and cloves

my son my son
why so undone?

what had happened
y porqué no                   if it slaps then it slaps
there are some that would deny the sun its light

idling engines
utterances both                          an old man kneels
in the snow while another bends at the bottom of a pool
noses pressed to the ground
ears aflame with more

Patrick Holian is a Mexican-American writer from San Francisco, California. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from St. Mary’s College of California and a PhD in English from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His fiction and poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Suburban DiasporaMosaic Art & Literary JournalArkansas ReviewBlack Warrior ReviewGigantic SequinsOculus VoxYalobusha Review, and Whiskey Island Review. Patrick was a semi-finalist in the 2017 AmericanShort[er] Fiction contest, was a finalist in the 2019 Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s contest, and was recently a runner-up in the Black Warrior Review’s 2019 flash fiction contest.

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