Latin America

Poesy plus Polemics


spanish-village-rhodes-rumsey “Spanish Village” by Rhodes Rumsey


terracotta skies

a warm roofing for

modern humilities

privately plagued

by repentance of

uneasy histories

conquests of empire

throne upon throne

cut through seas

to indigenous suns

of new continents

heritage residues

language religion

eclipsed ancient

cultures with layers

six centuries deep

stealing ritual magic

from fortified temples

converting the pagan

subduing the savage

released from the

rapture of jungles

consigning to mystery

secrets of seeming

improbable intellect

complex mathematics

prophetic astronomy

fine architectural

methods of monument

oh so much gained

against oh so much lost

an accounting elusive

of ultimate cost

there’s no science of

what might have been

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