Alessandra Trinidad

Bypass

My father’s heart pulsates: I am, I am.
Still, an electrocardio-

gram
exposes the shadow of a sorrow

embracing his chest 
that soon a scalpel 

must incise, when a moment, at rest,
will either bloom into a petal

or spawn a leaf
no longer green,

but born of the grief
the earth entombs in its spleen.

Inside my father, look, blood flows 
into a branch

wintering within the invisible snow’s 
avalanche.

Even so, for him I write against the eternal Good Night,
against a flight into the distant, closing door.   

Do you see, from dark to daybreak’s light,
my father breathes, and breathes once more.

Copyright © Alessandra Trinidad 2014

Alessandra Trinidad lives in Aberdeen.  Among other publications, her work has appeared in Ink Sweat & Tears and 14 Magazine.  

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