Academic journal article Bilingual Review

Dona Trudi's Last Waltz

Academic journal article Bilingual Review

Dona Trudi's Last Waltz

Article excerpt

Gertrude Duby Blom (1901-1995) photographed the Lacandon rain forest and struggled to preserve it and its people.

Indians chant in conquered tongues

in the shade of Las Casas' church.

Soldiers ring the zocalo square.

Juaguares circle the fountain

unable to drink, marble

frames them into prowling icons.

A young Mayan girl comes around

the fuente, pink plastic bucket

under an arm Diego painted

full of sweet calla lilies.

A stone tree rises worn, centered

in a simple water, green and slow.

Propped like a doll, Dona Trudi rests

against the mustard-colored wall.

Her brooch, an ecologist's gift,

glints with light of mid-day.

Doctors come and go Christmas eve

across the petal-bloodied stones.

Under brink of moon, an ancient face

framed in a French door utters

"Buenas noches" soft as fresh

tortillas, withdraws into a dark

refuge among the nest of roots

where forests make pastorals.

Dona Trudi perches early,

a Swiss sparrow on a rustic bench,

mud red chal about her tight,

grasped whole from volcano fires. …

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