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Juan Mobili: El Rio de la Plata

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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel © 2022

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.

 

 

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.



Ann Marie Rhiel is the Assistant Art Director for Yellow Mama Webzine. She was born and raised in Bronx, New York, presently living in New Jersey. She reconnected with her passion for art in 2016 and has had her work exhibited in art galleries around northern New Jersey ever since. She is a commissioned painting artist, who also enjoys photography. Her work has also appeared in Black Petals and Megazine Official.

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