Meditation on Patience

By Ariel Francisco

Of patience, I know only
what sea turtles have taught me:
how they are born on lightless
beaches so the moon can serve
as a beacon to lure them
into the water; how they spend
their whole lives trying to swim
towards it, enamored, obsessed;
how they flap their forelimbs,
a vague recollection of flying—
the right movement in the wrong
medium, as if they knew how
to reach the moon in a former life
but now only remember the useless
persistent motions; how if you cut
one’s heart out it would keep
beating in the pit of your palm,
recognizing the cold night air.


"Meditation on Patience" from All My Heroes Are Broke [], by Ariel Francisco. Reprinted with permission of C&R Press.