Voyage

By Carmen Tafolla Carmen Tafolla
I was the fourth ship.
          Behind Niña, Pinta, Santa María,
          Lost at sea while watching a seagull,
          Following the wind and sunset skies,
          While the others set their charts.

I was the fourth ship.
          Breathing in salt and flying with clouds,
          Sailing moonbreezes and starvision nights,
          Rolling into the wave and savoring its lull,
          While the others pointed their prows.

I was the fourth ship.
          Playfully in love with the sea,
          Eternally entwined with the sky,
          Forever vowed to my voyage,
          While the others shouted "Land."

Carmen Tafolla, "Voyage" from Curandera. Copyright © 2012 by Carmen Tafolla.  Reprinted by permission of Wings Press.

Source: Curandera (Wings Press, 2012)

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Carmen Tafolla is a poet, author, teacher, educational consultant, and sought-after speaker and performer. A native of the West-Side barrios of San Antonio, Texas, Tafolla earned a BA, MA, a PhD from the University of Texas, Austin. In 1973, she became Director of the Mexican-American Studies Center at Texas Lutheran College where she initiated, among other projects, the El Premio Roberto Salinas Award to recognize students who . . .

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