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D I S O R I E N T A T I O N
by Robert Lima

Sitting on the roadside . . .
there is nothing coming into view
or nearing to be heard

Nothing passes
or even distantly
allows itself
to be detected
by sight or sound

Even the usual blackbirds
have vacated the sightlines,
not even their screeches
betraying far-off presence

It is as if
the senses
had shut down
for the duration

I sit on the roadside
in my solitude,
eye and ear attuned,
stretching into the vacuum.

I am still waiting
for sight to begin,
I am still waiting
for silence to end.

PAINTING: Silence by Arthur Beecher Carles (1908).

2018-POET & GLACIER

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Robert Lima is a Cuban-born, award-winning poet, as well as an internationally recognized critic, bibliographer, playwright, and translator. As a Greenwich Village poet during the 1960s, he read at coffeehouses and other venues, co-edited Seventh Street. Poems of Les Deux Megots, introduced by Denise Levertov, and the second series of Judson Review. His 16 poetry collections include Tracking the Minotaur, The Rites of Stone, include Celestials, Elementals, SelfSardinia/SardegnaIkons of the Past: Poetry of the Hispanic Americas, Writers on My Watch (2020), and Odyssey (2021). Over 600 of his poems have appeared in print in the U.S. and abroad. Eleven of his poems recently appeared in Greek translation in Noima Magazine. Among his numerous critical studies are works on García Lorca, Valle-Inclán, Borges, Surrealism, folklore, dramatic literature, and translations of plays and poetry. He was invited and read his poetry for the archives at the Hispanic Division of The Library of Congress. In 2003, he was knighted by His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain, and in 2017 was knighted by the Prince of Borbón.  He is listed in Who’s Who in the World and other international directories.

PHOTO: The author observing a glacier in Alaska, 2018 (Photo by Sally M. Lima).