< from THE IDEOGRAMS by matthew rohrer >

The Adriatic sea has the biggest nipples.
The train drew my family
through Rijeka steaming to the embarkation.
Marko, what’s your hurry?
If you pause long enough the 500 steps of the pilgrimage
will kneel down to you,
the highest point in Rijeka.
The church where my ancestors saw two invisible Spaniards
riding small donkeys.
Rijeka was steaming.
They went to find an umbrella outside a café.
They never wrote a word of criticism.
A big ship with monstrous screws waited for them
in a sea of beer.