Frederic Edwin Church.
Claribel Alegria’s poem “Summing Up” appeared in our Fall 1988 issue. Alegria is ninety-two today. Her latest book is Casting Off, translated by Margaret Sayers Peden.
In the sixty-three yearsI have livedsome instants are electric:the happiness of my feetjumping puddlessix hours in Machu Picchuthe buzzing of the telephonewhile awaiting my mother’s deaththe ten minutes it tookto lose my virginitythe hoarse voiceannouncing the assassinationof Archbishop Romerofifteen minutes in Delftthe first wail of my daughterI don’t know how many years yearningfor the liberation of my peoplecertain immortal deathsthe eyes of that starving childyour eyes bathing me in loveone forget-me-not afternoonthe desire to mold myselfinto a versea crya fleck of foam.
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