RIContest: Miroir / e.r. de siqueira

I take a sip of summer solstice

in a crystal chalice I couldn’t recall I had.

Its grooves fairly fitting the aesthetic of this evening

in a rather exquisite & shimmering way. The light

in the room at times flares up, detours—a glint

that seems to tango over el Río del Plata, or rather

in a parlour facing the Casa Rosada—waves

of scarlet hems licking the parquet flooring.

A figure seems to lurk in the shadow my dance—

or is it already the effect of this Aperol Spritz?

I drink and dance on my own with my vintage glass,

I watch it glitter as a disco ball—un vitrail

presque art déco, presque art nouveau—yet wondering

Is he framed or watching me through the window? Est-il moi ?

e.r. de siqueira is a latino poet originally from Brazil. He read English at UFMG, and is currently pursuing an MA in English Literature. Poetry works have appeared/are forthcoming in the anthology Mein schwules auge – My Gay Eye – Berlin Edition, Magma, Harana poetry, Hawai’i Review, Tenebrae: a Journal of Poetics, SPAM zine, and others.

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