There is only an elusive blur in the Polaroid—
your profile barely hinted at
like the shadow of an eel in the river
now there then elsewhere
or a gust of wind felling leaves
green blood still alive
or an obscure presence from Hell on the south wall
with power as indelible as eternity.
It burns in the hands this Polaroid
and its Cimmerian mist.
Pina Pipino was born in Argentina and began writing in 1980 in the USA. She published her poetry in anthologies such as Floricanto Si (Penguin 1998) and in numerous small press magazines. She has won a 3rd. prize in the Allen Ginsberg contest, was a finalist in The Refined Savage Bilingual Review contest and won several honorary mentions in The Paterson Literary Review. Her short stories have been published in Forum Artium and Feminaria, and her essays appeared in Diario La Prensa of New Jersey.