Issue No. 9, Summer 2014

Father, Dream
Patrick Cabello Hansel

You’ve stopped coming to walk with me,
seeds in one hand, knife and stone
in the other, soft laments.
The twelve stones of your death
have passed through the heavens
and you’ve no need to water
my sleep. You are at rest.
Worms tunnel. A lone bird
sings in the early morning garden.

Deep down,
you were Orpheus for a season,
and a time, and a morning,
calling me out of the ground,
sprinkling, pruning,
a wind I could not see. Still,
your hands hover over my head.
I wake to my own breath,
shedding its skin over the wet earth.


Patrick Cabello Hansel has published poems in Hawai’i Pacific Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Turtle Quarterly, Passager, Parachute, Perfume River Poetry Review, The Meadowland Review and other journals, and has poems forthcoming in Red Earth Review, Talking Stick and the anthology Veils, Halos and Shackles: International Poetry on the Abuse and Oppression of Women. He was selected for the 2008-09 Mentor Series in Poetry at the Loft Literary Center in Minnesota, and was a 2011 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grantee. His novella Searching was serialized in 33 issues of The Alley News.