The ocean calls me

I was watching a movie called “Take me home” (2011). The ashes of Claire‘s father are thrown into the sea and that triggered my indignation regarding the Vatican’s prohibition of scattering ashes or keeping them at home. However, I am grateful because it also inspired this poem about why I love the sea so much.

 

The ocean calls me.

Let my dive in it!

The ocean calls me.

You’ll pour my ashes on it.

The ocean calls me

but I never learned to swim

 

Who can dare to forbid me

To go back to God’s creation?

Why lay in a grave

When I can wear that salty perfume of blue purification?

 

The ocean calls me.

It gave my family the best times ever.

The ocean calls me.

My grandparents swim there in Heaven.

The ocean calls me.

This island has made me hollow.

The ocean calls me.

Make me your mermaid!

The ocean calls me.

I wan to sing the song of its waves forever.


 

El océano me llama

El océano me llama.

¡Déjame sumergirme en él!

El océano me llama.

¡Derrama mis cenizas en él!

El océano me llama

Aunque nunca aprendí a nadar.

 

¿Quién se atreve a prohibirme

A volver a la creación divina?

¿Por qué yacer en una tumba

Cuando puedo perfumarme con su sal azulada y prístina?

 

El océano me llama,

Le dio a mi familia los mejores momentos.

El océano me llama.

Mis abuelos en él nadan desde el cielo.

El océano me llama.

Esta isla me hace añicos.

El océano me llama.

¡Hazme tu sirena!

El océano me llama

Cantaré por siempre la canción de su marea.

© Ámbar Varela
Text: November 1, 2016.  Image: August 23, 2016

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