“Mar Adrento (Sea Within),” by Fred Arroyo (Fiction ’97)

Fiction alum Fred Arroyo was recently featured in Waxwing. Read an excerpt of “Mar Adrento (Sea Within)” below:

Mar Adrento (Sea Within) 

I heard my father’s sea

in the azure waves of his name,

and remember its animals

in that last hour before

he left for work.

He lifted me up

on top of the refrigerator,

sat down, drank his coffee,

laced up his boots.


Hijo, you are riding on the shoulders of a seahorse.


Read the rest of this poem here: https://waxwingmag.org/items/issue27/10_Arroyo-Mar-Adrento-Sea-Within.php