TRIGGER WARNING: WAR / THE PRODUCT AND AFTERMATH OF
Siege of Dubrovnik
Citrine sun knifes the sky,
a solar pillage.
Landmines rain down below and
steal frontiers of nations.
My great-aunt’s yard yields atomic roses and delicate oak
and we sip wine and squint at soldiering clouds.
No animals arrive as explosions
caress and claim limbs of wanderers.
War again in Croatia,
the Adriatic swells with souls.
Morgan L. Ventura is a Sicilian-Irish American writer and ex-archaeologist from the Midwest. Ventura's writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Bending Genres, Strange Horizons, Augur Magazine, and Ghost City Review, among others. They currently serve as an editor for South Broadway Press. Find Ventura on Twitter: @hmorganvl or Instagram: @_morganvl