All Over The World,They Close Their Eyes by Adrian Cepeda 

Adrian Ernesto Cepeda is an LA Poet who is currently enrolled in the MFA Graduate program at Antioch University in Los Angeles where he lives with his wife and their cat Woody Gold. His poetry has been featured in The Yellow Chair Review, Thick With Conviction, Silver Birch Press and one of his poems was named Cultured Vultures’ Top 3 Poems of the Week. You can connect with Adrian on his website:
All over the world, they close their eyes.


Seeing them float and

drowning under the last

wave. Reach out and pull

them in, let us speak,

exchange while embracing

a stranger, lost adrift

and not turn your back

estranged? Why not turn

off the TV voices all

echoing blame, closing

their eyes while spinning

the globe as the world

explodes— don’t be jaded

by the scroll of those slanted

screens; don’t swallow that

aftertaste of shame, inside

your mouth—reclaim, a choice,

blink back—envision if you just

glimpse beyond the raft and gaze

into the oceans reflection of all

those souls stranded, starving

for more than attention— they

see, shivering like you, like me,

forget the tan, the look, the skin—

we all hunger the same.

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