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La Tormenta
by Jennifer Lawson-Perez

Tuesday, September 28, 2010
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A poem about the flooding in Central America during the rains

Ayyyy!  Inhale the lluvial scent; falling waters in Morozan.
Mildew stained walls; long legged tables
in standing water.  Precious memories stacked
like gifts to the Gods in one last moment of desperation.

Pant legs rolled, hems dripping; hairy legged women
baskets balanced on long sable hair.  Wading
flooded streets still selling loaves of bread.  I think of Jesus
sip my wine; break my bread; stretch on my dry floors
watching weather reports for los campesinos.

Tormenta, tormenta!  Bridge washes away...
Silt covered crops lie flat in fields; plastered hair strands
on damp skin; splish splash, splish splash! 
Children slap surfaces of currents rushing
over pavement; as a plastic bag of garbage drifts by.

Los damnificados huddle on thin mattresses
faces drooping; hopes withered; tired.
Splish splash, splish splash; ropes drop from metal birds in the sky --
a raging current, a roof top, a family.
Until the sun returns and the waters subside.

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