In the writing Julia alvarez uses an extended metaphor and uses imagery to describe how she and her father feel about living in America.
In this stanza the main theme of the poem is presented. The recurring metaphor of the ocean is introduced. As the idea of the beach house is shown, the poem starts off with "The night we fled the country" .
In this Stanza, the speaker describes her father's similarities to a swimmer jumping in the water, unsure and eager. The speaker describes her and her father "Trying hard to feel luckier than we felt".