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POETRY / I Want to be as Free as the Hubcap that Just Fell Off my Tire on the 826 and Traversed Four Lanes of Traffic Unscathed / Ariel Francisco

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Is that too much to ask? Now
in my rearview it comes to a stop
in the gentle grass of the median
like the dream-fields one’s said
to see on the cusp of peaceful
death. Falling faceup, looking
skyward like a child deciphering
the clouds, nothing better to do:
this one looks like god smiling down,
that one looks like a crumbling castle.


Ariel Francisco is the author of All My Heroes Are Broke. A poet and translator born in the Bronx to Dominican and Guatemalan parents and raised in Miami, his work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Academy of American Poets, The American Poetry Review, Best New Poets 2016, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. He lives in East New York.