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Whirling in the New Year

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~~ 1 ~~
 
filling with shadows
little mountainside shelter
lays claim to the night
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
a stand of lime trees
dedicated to the bee
and all her helpers
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
burying the dead
after the revolution—
no one knows their names
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
flipping tortillas
abuela begins to sing
thanks to Corn Maiden
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
the sudden raging
of her old belief in God—
three harsh commandments
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
Smallpox and typhus—
she takes a turn for the worse,
while the angels stare.
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
nothing but cacti
featured in the rug’s design—
weaver’s little joke
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
Ethereal chimes
from seven little chapels
ring in the new year.
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
after ten winters
her resolve to move southward—
inexorable
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
gate to the orchard—
she comes each day at twilight
to shine the hinges
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
her survival kit—
time to review the contents
and add or subtract
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
the road into town
where he hopes to win a doll
at the carnival

 
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