A Subtle Blindness

A subtle blindness
Has enveloped
The pedestrians of the world

They wander in precise
Plotted precariously by a
Big bad wolf

Their footsteps script futuristic alphabets
Across the surface of the planet

A distress signal to wraithlike tourists
Light years away

The message goes unread

The walkers are led
By the sounds of a digital drum
Off the nearest possible

Tumbling into a
Turquoise wilderness

Bones like
A Braille cipher etched along
Parapets in a
Pyramid misplaced
On the tip of a razorblade

Tracing the path of Ants with astigmatism
Back to an anthill
Lined with a barb-wire fence

At its base
A signpost that
“No trespassing”
Goes eternally unnoticed

Vincent Toro is the author of “Stereo.Island.Mosaic.,” which was awarded the 2015 Sawtooth Poetry Prize. He is also recipient of a Poet’s House Emerging Poets Fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, and a Metlife Nuestras Voces Playwriting Award. Vincent has an MFA in poetry from Rutgers University, and is a contributing editor for Kweli Literary Journal. His poems have been published in The Buenos Aires Review, Codex, The Acentos Review, The Caribbean Writer, Rattle, The Cortland Review, Vinyl, Saul Williams’ CHORUS, and Best American Experimental Writing 2015. He teaches at Bronx Community College and is a poet in the schools for The Dreamyard Project.

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