9 Feb

Quiero ser el mar
donde buscas
tu más profundo refresco
Quiero ser el maremoto
que te estremece
a lo largo de tu cuerpo
Quiero tener la fuerza
que te atrae
a perderte en mis olas
Quiero ser agua pacífica
donde flotas
para recuperar el aliento
y la espuma que te escucha
en la orilla
cuando confiesas al viento
Pero, yo se
que tambien amas
a esas montañas
con cumbres altas
valles verdes
y faldas nubladas
Sin embargo,
si mil veces
me rechazas
cuando mis mareas
suspiran tu nombre
te prometo todavia
a besarte,
sin rencores,
cada día.

Despertar junto al mar.

Despertar junto al mar.

I want to be the sea
where you seek
your deepest refreshment
I want to be the seaquake
that shudders
all along your body
I want to have the force
that draws you
to  lose yourself in my waves
I want to be
pacific water
where you float
to catch your breath
and the seafoam
that listens to you
on the shoreline
when you confess to the wind
But, I know
that you also love
those mountains
with their high peaks
green valleys
and cloud-covered skirts
if a thousand times
you reject me
when my tides
whisper your name
I still promise
to kiss you,
to caress you,
without rancor,
every day.

This poem was inspired by a line from “Love Reign O’er Me” by The Who, and this quote from a spoken word poem by Sarah Kay, “Because there’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.” As I am a lover of the sea and everything salt water, this is a recurring theme for me. It’s a love poem, but more of unrequited love; I wanted to play with the notion of wanting to give everything and expecting nothing in return. It’s is also inspired by some of my favorite hispanic poets, namely Pablo Neruda and Mario Benedetti, who wrote a lot about love and the sea.

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20 Responses to “Aspiraciones”

  1. made58 February 10, 2014 at 12:31 pm #

    Reblogged this on Madeleine Pujals.


  2. claudia February 11, 2014 at 1:38 pm #

    i love the thought of the ocean refusing to stop kissing the shore line.. i will remember this when i’m on a beach next time… beauty in their mingling and parting…


  3. brian miller February 11, 2014 at 3:36 pm #

    smiles…i am partial to the mountains…and the ocean….that last bit on refusing to give up kissing them…that is a intense love…and commitment to them….the seaquake shuddering was a cool touch as well…


  4. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) February 11, 2014 at 4:35 pm #

    Oh the love between the sea and the shoreline.. is it totally unrequited or maybe slowly ever so slowly the shore softens into a beach, and the sand will tumble in the surf, and the rivers sending out the mountains like grains of sand to live in the sea… just maybe…


  5. grapeling February 11, 2014 at 5:21 pm #

    gorgeous ~


  6. Gabriella February 11, 2014 at 5:33 pm #

    Beautiful poem! I like the idea of the never ending kissing. Still I wonder, is it unrequited love or ‘hide and seek’?


  7. Grace February 11, 2014 at 5:55 pm #

    I love the theme of sea & shoreline, forever chasing each other ~ Beautiful verses, dear ~

    Wishing you Happy Hearts Day ~


  8. Todd Alan Kraft February 11, 2014 at 6:03 pm #

    I definitely took the lines following the “nevertheless” to be unrequited love, but I got a lot of personification coming thru the lyric. I like the sense that the sea has no choice but to kiss the shore. “The way the beach is kissed by the sea…” Townsend is genius…


  9. Morgan February 11, 2014 at 8:03 pm #

    OH such beautiful Images…of unending kisses upon the shore…so marvelous :)


  10. katiemiafrederick February 11, 2014 at 9:36 pm #’s so easy to unconditionAlly love nature..
    i rarely see the mountains..
    but the emerald green gulf..sea oats..
    and dunes..are always a love mine..
    conditionally none…


  11. hanna February 12, 2014 at 7:47 am #

    I liked it in both languages, especially the ‘faldas nubladas’.


  12. MarinaSofia February 12, 2014 at 1:52 pm #

    How amazing that you can write in both Spanish and English with such ease…


  13. Victoria C. Slotto February 12, 2014 at 2:12 pm #

    This is so stunning, Lupe. Your skilled use of anaphora–I want to–makes me want to steal that phrase and see what happens. Although it may turn out to be much like yours. No one could say it better.


    • lupitatucker February 12, 2014 at 2:14 pm #

      Steal it Victoria! I want to see what happens too! :) Thank you, though, I am glad you like it :)


  14. ayala February 12, 2014 at 7:43 pm #

    I love the sea..I love this poem. A gorgeous write.


  15. Laura Hegfield February 12, 2014 at 11:43 pm #

    beautiful, passionate, love your writing.


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