Obsidian’s Edge 14

2:45 pm

Old Woman
@

Dainzú

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Dusty paths
meander beneath
a drifting sun.

Shiftless ruins
cloak the land
in worn-out
shadow rags.

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Scrawny cattle
herded by an old man
and his sly-eyed dogs:

the old woman,
threatened,
stoops and picks up
a handful of stones.

Moving targets:
dust and shadows of dust.
So much stone and sand
sifted through the hand
and trodden underfoot.

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In the distance,
a low mound
covered with grass and weeds:

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her family’s ancestral home,
its bountiful community
abandoned to the wilderness,
to the wild thorn
thrusting its spear
through her mortal heart.

Weed-filled walls,
empty houses, ruined fields.

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Wise old woman
with her hands full of stones:

that first rock
freed from her fist
booms thunder
off the sheep
in a  wolf-skin’s
cowardly frame.

 

5 thoughts on “Obsidian’s Edge 14

  1. This is beautiful. I have not been able to travel that far into Mexico, but I hope one day I will.
    Thank you for inspiring me to write about a city called Apollonia, in Albania.
    🙂 Dajena

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  2. Thank you, Tanya. I have posted the poem (so far) in sequence at the top right of this page. I would happily send you a copy of the original, but I only have one left. I’ll put you on the short list for a copy of the rewrite when it gets published.

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  3. Moving targets:
    dust and shadows of dust.
    So much stone and sand
    sifted through the hand
    and trodden underfoot.

    I am glad that you are posting this in parts, because there is so much to think about in each one. When you are finished, I will go back and read the piece in full also. Great work, Roger!

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