Michael Caylo-Baradi

Caylo-Baradi - bioimage (1)Michael Caylo-Baradi lives in California. His poetry has appeared in EclecticaMetazenMiPOesiasOtoliths, Our Own VoicePrick of the SpindlePopMattersPyrta Journal, and elsewhere. He has also written reviews for Galatea ResurrectsLatin American Review of Books (UK), and NewPages. Sometimes he blogs at ii.



Five Poems by Michael Caylo-Baradi



Waves flood through
shadows and

forebodings: veils that
hid them from

what might and what
could’ve been.

Soon, their eyes refuse
to blink. Vision

becomes absence, of fear,
of anything.

Surrender is gravity,
taking them

to where silence is far
peaceful than

ceasefires and other

waiting for arguments
to anchor on.


The night expands
in the mirror,

crucified on the cross
hanging on

your chest. You’re
letting things

go. I see them,
gleaming down

your face, from your eyes,
chasing skies

outside, thundering
between us.


The joint wobbles through my bottle,
through doubts that sit on half-baked smiles.

You must like being a flower
against the wall,

obsessed on preserving your petals,
their color, their fragility,

their innocence. The music
enmeshes the night

with gestures that long for youth.
I hear murmurs in your eyes,

crowding me like thumbprints
around my drink. Soon,

the streets shimmer
with expectations, restless as

silhouettes that forge us
out of ourselves.


We are an island of solitude
trapped in the borders of your eyes.

Waves of premonitions flood our shores,
the way innocence shapes myths.

Nights loom into redundant desires,
incandescent as silhouettes

entangled in language
that invents us out of ourselves.

We offer melancholy wings,
mortality, and other

delusions of escape.
I find my steps in a glimmer

edging out of your eyes,
fresh as twilight perched

on petals blooming labyrinths
that guard our lullabies.


The city fizzles in my soda, before its lights
cool down my throat, body, its pulse, its approximations
of you, and the way your gestures invent accusations,
falsifications, and other contentions.

It’s dark down there in the bottom of my glass,
an abyss waiting to be sucked, to be where traffic thrives
in my guts, in darkness ancient as touch that chills
us between overused syllables.

Soon, sidewalks intensify rush hour, frantic as your thumb
tapping on the chair. The lights at the intersection
control a pattern, fragile as moments that
choke evenings like this.


Mornings give in to consolations.
The news anchor is part of the pattern that ensures
I will be home around six in the evening.
If I forget something on my way out,
it’s not the car keys, but the feel of your lips.
The bird blocking the green light
does not obliterate the other lights. The rearview mirror
swallows objects and takes them out of its face;
anything is game, big or small,
mountains and valleys, God, or how
the day might turn out to be.

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