Freneau’s Death
“The poet of the American Revolution”

Fragility has taken the best of me
and these trees are not as they used
to be.

I’ve taken this path countless times
but never this frigid have my hands been
never this furrowed have my hands been.

Not once has the maturing feeling taken
hold of my heart and soul as it does now.

My breath, a white façade of me slowly dispersing
in sun’s resplendent sublimity. I could hear, although not see,
the rivulet beneath a slim coat of ice rocking insects to sleep,
as an underwater dweller onward glides.

Redolent now is the almighty ocean wherein I was a prisoner for my
country. The waves rocking to and fro as the vision of my life took step.
I wished to die a martyr but also to live for what I stood for and found that
there cannot be a compromise in this world.

As this lifting force settles on me
I shall die on my way home.


Ayendy Bonifacio is currently a PhD candidate in English at the Ohio State University studying poetry, print culture, and Latinx Studies. His poems and book reviews have been featured in various journals, including The Journal: A Literary Magazine, Juked, The Olivetree Review, The Rocky Mountain Review, Qué Pasa, OSU?, The Syzygy Poetry Journal, Oddball Magazine and aaduna. In 2016, his short, “Basketball Dreaming” was a finalist for the Rafael Torch Crab Orchard Review Prize in non-fiction. His memoir, Dique Dominican is forthcoming with Floricanto Press, a premier publisher of Latino Books.

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