11 DEGREES NORTH 3
Earth opens Genesis, volcanos spew
ash and sulphurous gases
marsupials scatter in the night.
Potato farmers hoe the hills
in the valley, sugar cane is kindled
crushed to sweetness gather.
Carts, oxen drawn, negotiate
narrow grades to haul sacks
of coffee picked, migrant workers
rest for pittance.
Christ’s agony ends summer
crucifixion and resurrection
processions circle a town’s center
stopping at memory stations.
Winter rains timidly begin, but sooner
deluge ensues as hurricanes revolve near
over warm Caribbean and Pacific waters.
Jan G. Otterstrom F. 7/01/2013