Bilingual Poem: lifeboat

Out in the ocean,
floating with an empty soda bottle under each arm,
there in the distance,
after five years,
a lifeboat

 

a storm came,
the lifeboat sank.

 

Afuera en el océano,
flotando con un envase de soda debajo cada brazo,
ahí en la distancia,
después de cinco años,
un bote salvavidas

 

una tormenta vino,
un bote salvavidas hundió.

Poem with an explanation: different

It’s amazing,
how different it feels,
how it’s … just … different,

somehow,
despite,
the Earth’s spin,
despite,
those cars moving,
those people walking,
and that store over there,
moving along,

it is all just different.

Everything else,
that once felt solid,
is now,
just a fleeing fog.

This is real,
this matters,
something else matters more though.

Here,
on the mind,
despite the look,
despite the distraction,

it is all just different.

 

Think about, how it feels, after something very bad has happened in your life, but at the time when things somewhat settle down.  It’s amazing how different everything feels.  It’s strange to see the world go on, despite what you’ve been through.  It’s strange (for lack of another word) how what’s on your mind changes.  That is what this poem is about.