I followed the flight of birds trying to take me away
from the comforts of a panoramic ocean view. Indeed, the music
from Spotify struggles to convert me to last night’s
level of cool, while the large painting on the wall was tired
of the abstract patterns in daily life. But then,
I gave in anyway, to the way we raise
mobile devices, to angle ourselves on the shiny surface
of algorithms: so check this out: a face between sea and sky
is an autobiography of intimacy between me
and someone I may never see again.
But the wine I’m holding is the latest casualty of something
utterly simplified and diminished into the vanishing points
in phone calls, emails, and rearview mirrors.
Michael Caylo-Baradi’s work has appeared in The Galway Review, The Common, Eclectica, Bombus Press, Eastlit, elimae, Eunoia Review, FORTH, Horn & Ivory, Ink Sweat & Tears, In the Name of the Voice, Local Nomad, MiPOesias, New Pages, Otoliths, Prick of the Spindle, and elsewhere. He is an alumnus of The Writers’ Institute at The Graduate Center (CUNY).