By the river


Mother and daughter,

walking together

breathing, laughing,

talking together

are unaware

that their motion picture

unwinds in the present

but holds both pasts and futures.


They share

their unrestrained movement

through space and time and light.


They will walk just this way,

just this once.



Por el rio


Madre e hija,

Caminando juntas

respirando, riendo,

conversando juntas

son inconscientes

de que su película

se desenvuelve en el presente

pero mantiene tanto los pasados como los futuros.



su movimiento desenfrenado

a través del espacio el tiempo y la luz.


Caminarán de esta manera

Solo por esta vez.


~ These poems were translated by Maria Lander Cabrere and Eileen LaFontaine. They were narrated by Maggie Gagliardi and Alejandra Camacho.

Doug Wilhide — is an unrepentant English major, the Poet Laureate of Linden Hills and founder of Trolley Car Press, which has published two collections of local poetry. His latest book is Nutshells: Diversions in a Time of Pandemic, which collects 210 mini-essays written during the difficult days of 2020.