On the way to Switzerland

I am writing this in the dark
as the sleeping bus zooms into the streets
of Salzburg. Twice now I glimpsed this city,
both cold nights approaching the winter.
And twice the dark conceals it,
street lights never really sharpening my visions.
My cage moves past local cypress trees,
and I want to bring them with me
inside my pockets, or within the comforts
of my rough, hard-beaten luggage.
But glass confines me, and sometimes
with a clear sky, I only see my picture
escaping past slippery roads.
But no snow yet. Flurries will hurry next month
but tonight it’s just fragments of flood
on this asphalt floor stretching to Zürich.
Tomorrow, the sun will erase rain’s lost memories.
But only in this city that doesn’t show itself crying.
I will sleep now as the dark encumbers me
towards the vast of nowhere.
Tomorrow, I will wake up with the Alps
waiting for me, bright white caps
amid the blue day. For now, I hope to dream
of Salzburg and its green, green grass,
as I find it a motion of cool wind, light sun rays,
and the lake overlooking my closing eyes.

Christmas 2019

Ian Salvaña, 23, is currently doing his MA in Political Science at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary and Vienna, Austria. He is formerly a faculty member of the Sociology Department of Ateneo de Davao University. He has attended several national literary workshops in the Philippines and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize by The Brown Orient. His works appeared or are forthcoming in various literary anthologies and journals, among them Universal Oneness: An Anthology of Magnum Opus Poems from around the World, Sustaining the Archipelago: An Anthology of Philippine Ecopoetry, Eunoia Review and New Contrast.

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