Jones Beach

Naturally you can’t hear me

Over those boys
Who’ve hung a momentary eclipse

Above our blanket
With their soccer ball.

In lieu of conversation
We watch and shiver; they yell and grunt.

What carries all of us through?
A tremendous bounce

Toward the sun.
And just as fast, of course,

The fall.

Guillermo Filice Castro’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Assaracus, Barrow Street, The Bellevue Literary Review, Brooklyn Rail, Court Green,,, La Petite Zine, Quarterly West, among others, as well as the anthologies My Diva, This Full Green Hour, Saints of Hysteria, and more. His translations of Olga Orozco, in collaboration with Ron Drummond, are featured in Guernica, Terra Incognita, U.S. Latino Review, and Visions. He’s the author of the chapbooks Cry Me a Lorca (Seven Kitchens Press, 2010) and Toy Storm (Big Fat Press, 1997). A native of Argentina, Castro has become a US citizen.