September 25, 2022

Stepping into the Sea

by Maria Lisella  You let me, your stepmother, Take your hand to walk  into the surf, let slippery seaweed wrap  around your ankles  like emerald ribbons.  We step on the edge  of lacey waves that feel like butter on hot skin.   You hold back, your mother’s  fear of the sea, fear of me,  sways you. She warns you  Yemaya, the Santeria god, will swallow you […]