Inner entrapment camouflaged as overused words land

on couch with beige covers on to catch smears of time,

dust, and misplaced love.


Out the window the opaque night, irrupting lights

roam around, temporarily blinding the occasion,

coming from the road that goes where we are not.


Hours become glass when we uncork them and let phrases

like try again, start over, move to the beat

of linear minutes darting over round plates.


Table is still square.

Lucía Orellana Damacela is the author of two chapbooks: Life Lines, which won The Bitchin' Kitsch Chapbook Competition (The Talbot-Heindl Experience, 2018), and Sea of Rocks, forthcoming. Her poetry and prose have been published in both English and Spanish in more than twelve countries, in venues such as Sharkpack Annual, Slippery Elm, Always Crashing, Duende, Helen, Cha, Frontera, and Into the Void. Lucía blogs at and tweets as @lucyda.