My grandfather owned for life one farm,
where he and grandma raised the family,
raising also horned cattle and pigs and
raising to the mounts a coffee plantation.
They were married for entire life and so
their entire offspring.
They had thirteen sons and daughters,
my father the youngest, the thirteenth.
Thirteen the tribes had our Lord settled
over the Holy Land,
thirteen that afterwards had assembled
on the Last Supper.
The farm was known as the Water Mill.
The mill, an old one, producing corn meal
that grandma, in a brick kiln turned into
The water from a creek that fell down
since the hill to the mill wheels.
Then, going to the farm we always asked
which was the route to go to the Paradise,
so was named its hinterland.
The creek was named the Singing Creek.
I always thought that after crossing farm,
its waters flowed to one of the four rivers
that it was said relieved over Paradise.
Remembrance smells to me as of old tales
like those we hear from the Holy Scripts.
Although I know bygones must be bygones,
I cannot avoid feeling its scent this very day,
and still I hear the Singing Creek moving wheels
of an old, ancient, Water Mill.
Published in West Ward Quarterly, print issue, Spring 2014.