Song

By Brenda Cárdenas Brenda Cardenas
You shout my name
from beyond my dreams,
beyond the picture window
of this Rosarito beach house.
Rushing from bed to shore
I glimpse their backs—
volcanoes rising out of the sea.
Your back, a blue-black silhouette,
feet wet with the wash of morning waves.
Fountains spring from mammal minds,
my hands lifting a splash of sand.
I'm on my knees,
toes finding a cool prayer
beneath them, fingers pressing
sea foam to my temples,
while you open arms wide as a generation,
raise them to a compass point,
dive.
If you could reach them,
you would ride their fins
under the horizon,
then surf the crash of waves
left in their wake.
And if I could grasp
my own fear,
I'd drown it,
leave it breathless and blue
as this ocean,
as the brilliant backs
of whales
surfacing
for air.

"Song" by Brenda Cárdenas, published in The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry by University of Arizona Press. Copyright 2007 by Brenda Cárdenas. Reprinted by permission of the author.

Source: The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry (The University of Arizona Press, 2007)

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Poet Brenda Cárdenas

Subjects Friends & Enemies, Pets, Living, Love, Seas, Rivers, & Streams, The Body, Time & Brevity, Nature, Relationships, Desire, Unrequited Love

Occasions Gratitude & Apologies

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A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Brenda Cárdenas is the author of two poetry collections, From the Tongues of Brick and Stone (Momotombo Press) and Boomerang (Bilingual Review Press), as well as the co-editor of Between the Heart and the Land / Entre el corazon y la tierra: Latina Poets in the Midwest. She writes in a blend of English and Spanish, which she has said reflects her interest in “the interconnectedness and . . .

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SUBJECT Friends & Enemies, Pets, Living, Love, Seas, Rivers, & Streams, The Body, Time & Brevity, Nature, Relationships, Desire, Unrequited Love

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