The Man in the River

Catori Sarmiento

Lips split down the center.
From his mouth
he spits at rocks,
a lunatic enraged,
his saliva sticking to naked toes standing at the rocky edges.
Water as opaque as India ink;
colorless sediment churning.
Frosted nails scratch along the current
like a skinning blade on calcium stone.


After growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Catori Sarmiento’s world travels have often inspired her unique writing style. When not exploring the many cracks and crags in Japan, Catori Sarmiento spends her time writing poetry and prose. As an author, her works have appeared in numerous literary publications.