my brother calls
we talk about 1491, the book
about how it may well have been
here before the migrants came
now labelled explorers, let’s be clear
they were often soldiers displaced.
spain had ended the moorish centuries
young men surplus to army needs, might
find passage to something new.
we talk about porous borders, the sea
how it flows both ways, and more strongly
up in a curl along the east coast and across
so, we could well have gone there, sometimes
not in conquest, nor for refuge, but in exploration, which
after all leaves lighter marks.