The 2River View 28.1 (Fall 2023)

Simon Anton Niño Diego Baena

The Belfry

your grandma tells you to listen
when it bleats
like a conscript being beaten

it has withered over the centuries

it calls the dead to mass
not the living

its altar smells of incense and burning wax
which reminds you more
of a tomb

than of heaven

Simon Anton Niño Diego Baena is the author most recently of Ritual and Other Poems (Blue Horse Press). His work appears regularly here at 2River, and in Columbia Review, South Dakota Review, and elsewhere.
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