A Divine Relief

Angelina-Maria Montejo

There is a divine relief
a breath exhaling
a flock of starlings
out of your lungs
murmuring in a spiral
from your mouth
a dark smudge in the sky
on a sunny day
disappearing forever
into the western horizon.
It is unlike any other form
of happiness:
what comes from reading the obituary
of someone who tried to ruin you
and failed.



Angelina-Maria Montejo is a writer originally from New York City. She was an artist in residence at the Truro Center for the Arts in 2022. Her poem, “Early Mornings in Oradour” won the regional first prize for the Joe Gouveia Outermost Poetry Contest, 2017.