My mind recalls the flight of dreams
From the land of its birth.
Sight and touch mount the streets:
Perch on the whiz of gaits in New York;
Cry with the bawl and howl of hagglers
In San Francisco Chinatown;
Pierce bruises on my hands
As I erase the grimes of bathrooms in Waikiki;
As I rinse my wounds with the bubbles of Miami.
In Alaska, I brave the gnawing cold as I jerk tunas.
In Seattle, I hum with the crescendos of sardine cans
As I snag my throat dry with the foremanís blasts.
Ay, I balm my pains with the spins of blues and jazz,
Celebrate the assaults of misfortunes
As my children cultivate a new tongue.
Here, there, I join the race of speed, brain and brawn--
As I burst to oblivion,
As I sink to extinction,
Unnoticeably giving birth to a new