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By Mario Meléndez

Translated by Eloisa Amezcua

My sister woke me very early

that morning and told me

“Get up, you have to come see this

the ocean’s filled with stars”

Delighted by the revelation

I dressed quickly and thought

If the ocean’s filled with stars

I must take the first flight

and collect all of the fish from the sky


Translated from the Spanish


The translator of this poem was originally omitted in the changeover to the new website. Because of this, reciting the epigraph is optional for the 2019-2020 Poetry Out Loud season.

Source: Poetry (September 2017)

  • Nature
  • Relationships

Poet Bio

Mario Meléndez
Mario Meléndez received the Municipal Prize of Literature in the Bicentennial of Linares, Chile. His poetry has been translated into many languages including Italian, Arabic, and German. See More By This Poet

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