Friday, May 30, 2008

The Charmer


The Charmer

You found the story
telling how the Indians
put a fish
under the planted corn
the adventure illustrated
in your third-grade reader

It happens now somewhere
everywhere that this boy
plants rice
while they watch
he bends over
the bewitched rice or corn
the red or white beans
the potatoes and melons
the squash
like the angel
who whispers grow
grow


Maybe he simply charms
the fish to leap out
of the water
into his hands
in the red dawn

Tatay's white umbrella red
under the fairweather red sky
washing them all
with morning light

Nanay and Nanay Gurang
the Very Old hesitate
studying how he bends over
the grains
how the earth and water
closes over them
like a blessing

The fish is for dinner

(painting:Rick Mobbs, Water)

7 comments:

Jo said...

Astonishingly good. Love it. On a sidenote why do you never show up till hours after the fact in my googlereader? I found this via Rick's site, not there.

pepektheassassin said...

My alarm clock broke?

Jo said...

Laughing......no, you were there when I woke up this morning, I keep forgetting you're on US time ;)

slickdpdx said...

I like it!

Jo said...

Loved this P, you sure have a wonderful imagination! A real story teller full of images! Enjoyed! :)

pepektheassassin said...

Hi, Jo. You must be confused and wondering why I left you such a strange little message...it was meant for the OTHER Jo. Sorry.

O my, this is all so confusing....

Tammy said...

I enjoyed yoour poetic interpretation of this painting Joyce. xxoo