Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Poem: negocios



                               March 4, 2016



She made freshred pinones for four visitors

stopped by two soldiers with guns

looking for Mapuchesburningdam

looking looking


somehow she knew

her daughters had ridden three hours

to shake down cones from oldold 

monkey puzzle pines

4 would come

20 kilos

araucaria

a kilo bubbling in the pot

somehow


coihui 


Maria’s father

Anhioline

had gone to Washington

testified with Ted Kennedy

against the two great dams on the Rio Biobio

spoken to the World Bank


25 years ago

deadears

dead


their name is Murriao

rebellious Black Horse

Murr


prayed on a volcanic rock a holy  

machipurri

mapu to the volcan

fierystallion

i a o

smoking

misty

to showerlava

burytheWashingtonWorldBankSocialistadam


some mapuche went from their land

to richer plots

paid by clawed hawkers

far from the Rio

BioBio

from ceremony

commonland

community

into harsh

winters

frozendream


a German and Chilean

knockknockknocked the door

sudden loud


theycame

German and Chilean

a Socialist tortured by Pinochet he said

from Deutschland

so many disappeared

to buy Maria’s land


for a song


small woman

flashing eyes

BIGMEN


a new dam

small they said

pequeno  

shake shakedown

pequin ito

the land



why do you come on Sunday,

Maria said, working the field with her daughter

your day of rest

tall green stalks

chesthigh

picking peas


what spirit possesses you

to seek the land this day?


“here’s an offer

they said


Maria had long

fought the damming

of the RioBiobio

once

clear  to  the  bottom

dam up a reservoir

waters silted

cloudy

arrested tortured


for electricity

homes flooded over

wires crackling

cimentareo threatened

are our ancestors

pellets along her right leg

they did not know


come fresh from Germany

nothing?


Maria had thrown a chair

at El Gobernador

againsthedamn

thought they could buy


the mapu for a song

small woman

twobigmen

dividing Mapuche

womanwaters


over graves


they did not know community

or the canopy of the rain forest

2000 years old

the arellano red and thick

white mushrooms

monkeypuzzle pines

araucaria

puzzling

2000 years

hunched atop volcanos


community  in  wetness


now despoiled for rapidgrowingforeign pines

and eucalyptus

sucking  water


dead rain forest

vanished   blue 


people need water tanks

in the deadwet

cannot get


the German and the man who had been tortured

knew none of this

water

sought to buy the land


woman

waters

shake down the Mapu

for a song


“the waters in the mountains are polluted”

they said


you are the pollution  Maria said


“we will install a wi-fi tower

for the resettled village

buy an ambulance for a hospital

they said


You will take our land and water

and be gone

in a day

fasterthan

flash fire  fly

gone dead

she said


half and half Maria said

-       -  my land and water
 your money for the community  

of the revenue we make forever


“oh no ohno  oh   nonono

they said

we have to pay

impuestos

muchos 


we  take the  land

for your benefit they said

smoother than greenserpent

drying the soil

eucalypticforeignpine


No    she     said


1 comment:

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