Thursday, February 17, 2011

An Earthy Place

Red soil stains bodies, plants, people, buildings
even the sky
the contrast between the green foliage and red earth is striking.
Thatch roofs snow red dust when the wind blows
a young girl spreads herself out on a hammock,
and stares ambivalently upon her red courtyard.
Villagers are digging in the manioc fields,
covered with sweat and dust
only the highest palms can keep their green leaves.
Women with baskets on their heads
walk-shimmy single-file along the path
Their colorful pangas tinged red
The village huts are all created out of this same soil-
An earthier place, I know not.

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