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Juan Mobili

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by Juan Mobili


Compared to a microbe the sparrow on the ledge

is bigger than a dragon, yet it is not what they can see

that the villagers fear, their chests beating faster


than starlings. Even gratitude moves quietly,

afraid to catch the attention of a falcon

scanning the landscape for a snack.


These days our ears seek familiar sounds,

the mailman’s truck stopping at our driveway,

the rustling of our mail finding its nest.


When the invisible is done taking what it will take,

I wish to breathe the way a cardinal does

when the squirrels are done marauding every bird feeder.

El Río de la Plata


by Juan Mobili


The river never asked

for them, busy like a mother

who stares at the school bus

driving her children

to another uncertain day,


but it conceded

to welcome their bodies

cast from airplanes

dictatorships disposing

from incriminating evidence,


a body of water

cajoled to be an accomplice,

accepting to be

a cradle,


a resting place

it never wished to be,


a river forced

to care for my friend’s bones.

A Greek Family


by Juan Mobili



My God! My son

lives a life that puts 

the Odyssey to shame,


and I am tied to a 

mast, bound for home,

to my wife, who goes on


weaving and unweaving

to hold suitors at bay,

hoping I am still the king


she married before Troy

became such a long gig,

and family took a mythic toll.

At the Birds’ Bar


By Juan Mobili



It is mostly old timers in the afternoon,

no one sings, but a robin always slips a quarter

in the jukebox and plays “Summer Wind”


by Frank Sinatra. A hummingbird decides

he wants to buy me a drink, Bartender,

two double nectars on the rocks, please.


His feathers seem heavy on his tiny spine,

almost ready to retire, but unsure

when the breeze will hint that it is over,


unpreoccupied whether the flowers

will remember how much he cherished

them, or not.



Juan Pablo Mobili was born in Buenos Aires and adopted by New York. His poems appeared in The American Journal of PoetryThe Worcester Review, Impspired (UK), The Wild Word (Germany), and Otoliths (Australia), among others. His work received an Honorable Mention from the International Human Rights Art Festival, and multiple nominations for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net. His chapbook, Contraband, was published this year.

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