Openly gay poet Richard Blanco read a poem at the reopenning of the U.S. Embassy in Cuba.

The 47-year-old Blanco was born to a Cuban exile family. He also read at President Barack Obama's second inauguration.

On Friday, he read his new work, Matters of the Sea (Cosas del Mar), at the ceremony marking the formal reopening of the embassy.

Dressed in a white guayabera and standing near the Cuban coast, Blanco dedicated his poem to the “people of both our countries who believed that not even the sea can keep us from one another.”

“The sea doesn't matter,” he started. “What matters is this: We all belong to the sea between us.”

After images of shared experiences connected to the sea, the poem ends: “Today, the sea still telling us the end to all our doubts and fears is to gaze into the lucid blues of our shared horizon, to breathe together, to heal together.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

Blanco told The Miami Herald that the sea serves as both “the invisible Berlin Wall” between the two countries and a powerful connection between the people.