napowrimo day 22

Cotopaxi 1-4 Oct09 020

today’s prompt –

“Today is Earth Day so I would like to challenge you to write a “pastoral” poem. Traditionally, these involved various shepherdesses and shepherds talking about love and fields, but yours can really just be a poem that engages with nature. One great way of going about this is simply to take a look outside your window, or take a walk around a local park.”

as i do that a lot, i thought i might try and write about a shepherd/ess… i dug out some quotes from a book i wrote down when i was travelling a few years back in south america… sigh… anyhoo, the story for this poem cames from that book – “pueblo de los andes” and the excerpt i used for the poem and some of the words is by Rufina Llampa, who is a herder… the picture is of cotapaxi – a volcano in ecuador…

here is my pastoral poem…

my little dove, we can spend weeks

here without money, there is no

need. my flower that never speaks,

what do you say, only truths. so,

our life is tough up here – but we’re

never alone, company is

ours in abundance. Way up here.

my little black eyes, my love, tis

not a Tuesday or a Friday. There’ll

be no killing of you just

yet. a life full of thebest care,

when it is your time then i must

thank you for the food and wool, then bless

the house and earth with your blood.

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