boats used by African emigrants
to reach Spanish islands
A girl asleep beneath a fishing net
Sandals the color of tangerines
Off the coast of Morocco
A moonlit downpour, God's skeleton
Bark, dory, punt, skiff
"Each with a soul full of scents"
Day after day spent shaping
A ball of wax into a canary
Little lamp, little lamp
The word "contraband" arrived
In English in the 16th century via Spanish
Throw your shadow overboard
Proverbs, blessings scratched into wood
The tar of my country better than the honey of others
Copyright © 2012 by Eduardo Corral. From Slow Lightning (Yale University Press, 2012). Reprinted from Split This Rock’s The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database.
Eduardo C. Corral
Eduardo C. Corral is the author of Slow Lightning (Yale University Press, 2012), which was chosen by Carl Phillips as the 2011 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets.
Date Published: 2016-03-22
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/cayucos