The Time of Dreaming

Colombia’s map resembles the shape of a bird, wide shoulders and wings out to both sides, its beak turned up. Cúcuta is a small city on its shoulder to the right, just next to Venezuela. Venezuela is the one that looks like the silhouette of a running sultan with an upturned fist. There are guerilla stations everywhere in Colombia, like a spreading famine, spreading even over the border into Venezuela’s territory. The guerillas have forts in the forests. Though nobody seems to know where exactly….

“The Time of Dreaming” was published in Make: A Chicago Literary Magazine, issue #4. For more information or to subscribe visit