Mar Adrento (Sea Within)
I heard my father’s sea
in the azure waves of his name,
and remember its animals
in that last hour before
he left for work.
He lifted me up
on top of the refrigerator,
sat down, drank his coffee,
laced up his boots.
Hijo, you are riding on the shoulders of a seahorse.
I felt the motor hum along my spine,
my legs wet, floating in warm blue waves,
galloping from wave to wave
in between the lime, saffron,
and bright red boats returning
home to the pueblo Arroyo.
My chest surged from my body.
My father stood, his arms wide.
In the sea I come from, they are this big.
Lifting me, holding me
just above the waves, holding me
within his boat strong hands.
He placed his palm on my chest,
as if to feel my heart, as if
to keep it beating hard and furious,whispering:
Here, let the horses charge forever.
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