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Issue # 6 January 2012
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Francesca Castaño lives and works in Barcelona. She is a Spaniard who writes in English. Her Master's thesis was published by the University of Barcelona, in February 2010. Her poems have appeared in; Ygdrasil: A Journal of the Poetic Arts, Selected Poems by Francesca Castaņo, December 2011. Unshod Quills. The Indian Diary. The Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, December 2011

Francesca Castaño

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Bird shells and Sirens

We walk fast through the station's crowd trying to catch a train that's beginning to whistle. We sit by the window and the wheels rush under our feet like a river down a mountain. Wagons sliding down dark tunnels, grinding on the brakes against a curb; emerging safe; gliding past honey meadows and dreamy farms hidden among dingy towns with ugly factories that writhe under the pressure of capital's demands. However, we try to forget, for a moment, and languidly recline in the speeding compartment, blending in with the flying trees outside.