I see the Big Bang in your eyes
I gaze into your eyes and we are same looking into same since the time before we were born Your blue eyes wander right and left then relax we look past time and space the neighboring houses the country the planet all the way to the galaxy and the Big Bang Is this the same awareness since before humans existed? Is this the same awareness since before we were born? If animals and rocks share this knowing why hunger, why war? I gaze into your eyes and see me, see all of us, see my Neanderthal ancestors my DNA branches splitting in one unbroken chain.
Liliana Valenzuela is the author of Codex of Love: Bendita ternura (FlowerSong Books, 2020) and other works. She is also the acclaimed Spanish language translator of works by Sandra Cisneros, Julia Alvarez, Denise Chávez, and other writers. A CantoMundo and Macondo fellow, she lives and works in Austin, Texas.