Poems by Sebastian Paramo

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City Underwater

by Sebastian Paramo

From Canary Summer 2014

Sebastian currently lives in Harlem, which lies in the Lower Hudson Watershed. This puts him within short walking distance to the Harlem River, the name for the body of water that connects the Hudson and East Rivers.

Several feet below the surface, the ocean looks like a sky.
There's so much blue, it makes us blind. We go blind for

the surface so opaque it feels like an older time.
There is not one happy bone left, only the blur of sunlight.

We think of ways to reach the surface.
Ways to break the blue glass, to surface without thought,

surprise or fear. That world is like heaven to us.
We've been in the dark too long.

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