Illustration by Katelin Jaegers.

The Indigo Man

By Sienna Barrientos

Beware the Indigo Man! 

Phantom of the Coatepeque! 

Whose face ripples like jaded algae 

Folds like lake-foam –  

Is fermented under sodden banana leaves.  

Be fearful of the Indigo Man! 

Who salivates beneath canoes, 

Sneering at plump fishermen 

With iron hooks  

And iron souls 

Whose bile reeks of ichor 

Gory as corn pudding. 

Do not trust the Indigo Man! 

More tetra than man –  

Traitor of the earth, reborn 

Teething on humdrum heads 

His corpse oozing like boiled cauliflower. 

Abomination! Abomination! 

Dare you approach the Indigo Man?! 

With indigo tongue and indigo blood?? 

Wretched demon of the basin, 

Sleek as steamed asparagus 

Tucked under lapis sand, 

Brushing lapis gums, 

Feeding lapis reveries?! 

BEWARE!  

BE FEARFUL!  

DARE NOT TRUST!  

DARE NOT APPROACH!  

All the while, the Indigo Man, 

With eyes of aquarium resin, 

Drifts lazy as a reed, 

Watching the canoes rush overhead like flies on a fruit bowl. 

Buzzing. 

Iron men with iron souls sinking iron minds. 

Yelling. 

While he floats on lapis sand, with lapis gums and lapis reveries.  

Dreaming.    

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