McKinney 2016: Honorable Mention, Poetry

in Creative Writing/McKinney 2016 Winners/McKinney Contest/Poetry/Undergraduate

Abandoned Art

    — Luis Morales


After the storm, after the rain stops pounding

the moon reigns over a somber sky,

such pretty clouds such drifting light

stepping out of their bodies into the night –


seldom the ghosts come back bearing their tales

who, breathless in their amber atmosphere,

are a gray to be watching keenly…

considering the findings in the black garden.


And what of the dead? They lie without shoes

without skin, naked, hairless,

together here – at the abandoned finish line

cold, on the pillow’s dark side.