"Summer, Florida Keys" by Ricardo Pau-Llosa
Summer, Florida Keys
Count on the storm to steel the waves,
tin their shimmer and heave. The electric
cracks sheen the air, particle its vapors,
and the wind that’s coming has already
moved the sea, miles off. Shoreside,
we sense the sea has breathed in and readies.
Now, oiled by the hovering cobalt,
it simply rolls within itself like grain
in a sack a pair of fists is about to take
from dock to hold. Will throw the sack
on his shoulder, sweat will varnish his back,
and muscles will shift his flesh while the grain
finds its hourglass rules in the burlap dark.
We know the world’s been held aloft
in punishment, and drowned in punishment.
But who carries it and why, to make of waves
a granary, of turquoise mirror a shroud?
"Summer, Florida Keys" by Ricardo Pau-Llosa was first published in Ploughshares. Throughout the month of April, National Poetry Month, poets from the Caribbean and South Florida will be featured on this blog.