I wish I knew the contents of my dreams and I wish the contents
Like hairpins made of Andean mountain roads or mist
in my braids that swayed as I danced before they were shaved off
Like a bright blue silk scarf sticking to my skin in the heat of the Otavalan market,
or the enduring fisherman from Guayaquil
Like sopa con papa y maiz,
aguardiente and a brown paper bag spilling over with fried plantains
A star-filled sky resting over the sea shore that stores hundreds of sand dollars,
cardboard planked houses in Esmeraldas floating atop tide-withstanding stilts--
What are dreams made of, Sister?
Am I wishing for a home with you, Brother?
I'll do anything for you.
I know my dreams point to somewhere else,
but I just hope I have something to give to my children.
I wish I possessed mi abuela's blue basket.
Though in my dream it was red.
Though in my dream my heart was content.
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