The Ocean is My Mom

El océano es mi mamá

Le digo –asústame!- y cuando estoy caminando

Me avienta unas olas que me lastiman y unos

Tiburoncitos chiquitos.

Le digo hazme guapo y me viste con conchas,

alga marinas, estrellas de mar, y perlas brillantes.

Mi mamá es el océanoSeashell and Sand

Con la arena me abraza,

Con el agua me acaricia,

Y con el aire me da un beso.

 

Translation:

The ocean is my mom.

I say to her, “Give me catfish to eat!”

I say, “Scare me”

And when I’m walking

She throws big waves and tiny sharks at

Me that hurt me.

I tell her, “Make me look handsome”

And she dresses me with sea shells,

Seaweeds, star fish, and shiny pearls.

My mom is the ocean,

With the sand she hugs me,

With the water she caresses me,

And with the air she kisses me.

By Fernando, 1st grade

This poem is featured as part of the 2009 A Poem A Day campaign, a National Poetry Month celebration by WITS that features a different poem by a WITS student every day during April.

Don’t forget today is the second and final day of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books being held at the UCLA campus. It’s an extraordinary literary event for book lovers of all ages and is featuring:

  • 50+ book and poetry readings
  • 300 booksellers
  • Hundreds of book signings
  • Dozens of live presentation and performances
  • If you’re Travelin’ Local today, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is family friendly. With events including storytelling, crafts, and costumed characters, it promises to be a fun filled day of celebration and surprise.

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