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Monday, November 22, 2010

Yucatan


thatch hamlets
paper signs strung from the telephone lines
signs for Mallory Duracell hang
from the limbs of trees
fingers of trade
amputations of nature.

bulls and goats amble
a pharmacy, a school, a hardware store, a town square
where a lot of churchmen got hacked by machetes

onions radishes melons mangos
tuna shark grouper rays
a language that is dynamic restlessly overturns the dead earth
     a bulldozer
cuts a new road

trees cut, for a golf course
scrub mosquito infested flat impenetrable tangle brush
spring up eight foot limit to growth
     so it seems
big trees live only
in the seeds of saplings.

machete hands
returned from clearing brush,
on the bus sits next to me
weeping sores from all the chechen
better get some chaka
he has arms and hair doused with
     white lime.

power to make new names
place names, people names, thing names.
“Corn Flakes”,  “Xerox”
a name invasion.

bicycles, sewing machines from Korea
Kashmiri rugs
pine furniture, a pharmacy for veterinarians,

sellers of live chickens.

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