In the Sun that Seeps from the Dungeons/ Window/ Everything is Bright
C. Fausto Cabrera
Because God is in an algorithm I hear through the toggle of my shuffle button/ from a playlist I
composed/ I tell myself/ that if I listen, while the TV projects a pretty face to see when I look up
from what I’m reading of poetry, mechanical pencil, click, click, underlining & taking notes in
the margins—sipping a mug of French vanilla creamer laden coffee w/thoughts swirling in my
cinnamon head/ the sheer alchemy of it all should/ naturally combust! What butterfly wings
must taste like/embers floating/escape the chaos, wondering west to set fires/troublesome/I
want blood in the cut, I want noise/they made me something vicious. Will I burn out or
fade away? The man in black speaks for me & reminds me I’m not alone. A rainbow in
the dark, I’ll take death before dishonor, bet I bomb on them first/ it’s just the life of an
I am an amalgamation of influences, intricate in their darkness, complex in their
origins, some speak integrable nostalgic, others spark dumb & rash/& I gave
away my youth to sit & listen to all at once/hopeful/ saying something of a
future I’ll forget/ I longed for/ once /it arrives. I read my poetry book, circle a
word or phrase to slow down, hoping to see something I can lift/ above a
drawn line or jot in the margins that can change the way I see or say.
Words & wonder/ pour into my ears, my eyes catch/ images I pull into
my heart while I swallow the sweetness of an appreciation. In these
moments I am alive. Then God says, through The City of Prague’s
Philharmonic Orchestra that the path isn’t interchangeable.
There’s no other person I’d rather be.
C. Fausto Cabrera is a multi-genre artist & writer currently incarcerated since 2003. His work has appeared in: The Colorado Review, The Antioch Review, Puerto del Sol, The Comstock Review, The American Literary Review, The Missouri Review, The Water-Stone Review, The California Quarterly, The Woodward Review (Pushcart nomination), & descant. His most recent project is a prose collaboration with photographer Alec Soth, The Parameters of Our Cage. He co-founded The Stillwater Writers Collective partnered with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop (MPWW) & has a profile through WeAreAllCriminals.org's Seen Project.