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— VĂ­ctor Rodríguez Núñez

Nadya Radulova, from A Balkan Exchange

Vinea Mea Electa

he was too young
for my thirty-something years

behind the high walls
I searched for him in the yard
but all I saw was his skin settling
and drying
untouched by the sun

spiders bees and mayflies
ritually spilled their secretions on it
the fig trees had deep indecent
and the low-lying creepers choked
the immaculate blossoms
of his stained-glass belly

I told his mother I wanted him

but she said
he was too young
for the wine I was fermenting
among the damp dusty shameful