Scrawl of graffiti,
illegible jade,

skin wax-rich,

monsoon accordion,

hitchhiker thumbing
by the interstate,

summer relic,
wind-broken, wind-

borne, Sonoran
pictograph ablaze

in cloud shadow,
glass lightning, glass

tuning fork,
green forged

into a sword, saber
or claymore,

rainwater pitcher,
ribs porous &

coral, rock-bound
welt, barbed rebozo.


Eduardo C. Corral, “Saguaro" from Guillotine. Copyright © 2020 by Eduardo C. Corral. Used with the permission of The Permissions Company, LLC on behalf of the author and Graywolf Press, Minneapolis, Minnesota, All rights reserved.