We travel carrying our words.
We arrive at the ocean.
With our words we are able to speak
of the sounds of thunderous waves.
We speak of how majestic it is,
of the ocean power that gifts us songs.
We sing of our respect
and call it our relative.
Ofelia Zepeda, a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation of southwestern Arizona, is the author of three poetry collections: Where Clouds Are Formed (University of Arizona Press, 2008), Jewed ‘I-Hoi/Earth Movements (Kore Press, 1997), and Ocean Power: Poems from the Desert (University of Arizona Press, 1995). The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, Zepeda is currently the Regents’ Professor of Linguistics at the University of Arizona.