What is this mysery?
Frozen piece of earth,
with lives huddled together on its slender finger turned toward Antarctica.
Who are these mysteries?
Long eyebrows and faces pressed together even in the streets, asking me questions and hesitantly demonstrating the English that was handed to them in high school.
Who am I amidst these mysteries?
…These were questions I asked myself as I drove for hours to reach Coyhaique, a city in Patagonia. I never imagined myself so close to the turning of the globe, to the tip of South America!
I was there for four full days and experienced the rich culture within the Chilean family of my friend and hosts. The past 3 weeks here in Temuco have been challenging. Trying to figure out communication, how to be me, how to thrive regardless of what goes on around me, all when I don’t know how to take out the trash or what the hell to eat…phew! Culture adjustment is a whirlwind: life with Chile up until my time in Coyhaique had been more of a wrestling match than a love affair.
Then I breathed some mountain air & sat in the fire light of an accepting and warm culture.
My soul exhaled.
When my soul exhales, I tend to write poems 🙂 Enjoy, dear ones.
The Taste of Human Hope
Life in Chile has a cheesecake flavor,
every bite silk against the tongue, chased by purple wine.
Housekeepers and brooms twirl in kitchens,
radios playing the tune of each caramelo swirl.
Mamás and Papás, grandmas and their babies tuck themselves into corners
while the whole thing stops for lunch.
Children bounce between gentle arms:
the community choreographs an artistic ritual of mild annoyance.
Birds with dry rubber bands in their throats ride updrafts to the base
of mountains bigger than I have seen before, as dogs nobody owns sniff my skirt hem.
Weak orange street lights draw lines in the evening haze,
dull silver knives massaging cheese and sweet sauces onto fresh buns.
Behind curtains cheeks are kissed, tables set with white clothes, tea cups, and small spoons,
weapons against the agitation of winter.
It seems that Chileans fight the frigidity I feel with sparks of loving invitations to dinner,
by tenderly cutting their salami and cheese sandwiches in half.
Tall trees frame the moon with crusty silhouettes. Under the clouds, in front of the velvet sky,
the star Love gave me winks mischievously.
I am a child yet she is my winter light daughter.
Let us lie in the arms of one another,
first born of each other,
as I stand amidst the cold night air
and you pin back the blackness.
Hugs & hope,