“Where are you from?” you asked me—
my throat closed on the impossible answers.
Can I claim a nation, a state or a city
as mine, without disowning all others?
From a lost island in an imaginary realm,
from a garden glimpsed between columns,
a sailboat at sea with no hand on the helm,
words scribbled in margins of old poems.
From celluloid flashes of light on a cheek,
whorls of loose tea swirled in canisters,
from foam of a wave curled up to my feet,
brown fingers caressing white feathers,
from the way you said my name—
that night—from all those places I came.
- Beatriz F. Fernandez
Beatriz F. Fernandez’s chapbook Shining from a Different Firmament (Finishing Line Press, 2015) was featured at the Miami Book Fair International. She’s a former grand prize winner of the Writer’s Digest Poetry award and Pushcart nominee; past work appears in Boston Literary Magazine, Minerva Rising, Verse Wisconsin and Words Dance. Her website is www.beasbooks.blogspot.com.