Variation on El crecimiento del señor Madrigal

Oswald del Noce

in a Virgilio Piñera story a man predicts that something
grows inside him and that something is his own self,
a dead fetus, that is his own death, born dead, die dead, is willfully
sucking on the gas pipe of human weakness and exhaustion
a born image in of the self that cannot escape, does not want to escape
like those walruses that go to die among hidden whirlpools and impotent
geysers, close to the sea and mermaids probably watch
from afar, their heads above water huffing and coughing for salt

Oswald del Noce was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He dropped out of the California College of the Arts and moved to San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2006. In 2010 he obtained a B.A. in Latin American Literature at the Universidad de Puerto Rico. He lives in Berlin, Germany.