i open my eyes wide to the sea
sleeping for hours in a house without walls nor ceiling
finally you are awake, she says
coffee on the table

she leads me onto the terrasse with the stone steps
toward the sea
look, she says
but say no more

i see the sea is crimson with a bloodred orange sun
though it is not the sun that makes these colors
neither is the blood of warriors

dolphins! i shout excitedly
and here they come, one by one
closer and closer
they are black skinned creatures jumping in and out of the waves

my hand feels their smooth skin
they are small and they are smiling

colors, red and black
my reality