Thursday, May 16, 2013
Hungry Shadows, in Ranquitte
What colour is hunger? I don’t really know myself, but I do know it
has a thin shadow, and with sunlight it has none—
It looks sort of like a starved old lion, maybe a horse, and a camel
with dried up humps (I’ve seen them in Egypt, too).
I discovered these shadows in Haiti back in 1986—in Ranquitte!...
People there live on a dust and dirt floor; like in the market place,
the inhabitation in Ranquitte, is a story unto itself.
One of my idle wishes was back then, was to feed some…
But I found so many, scraping the dirt and stone, squatted in the
marketplace, sweet faces, infinite: uncertain with painful care! Selling: a few eggs, nearly skeleton fish: I bought some, alone with
some hard breaded biscuits, picked out a family with many kids
and gave it all to them…
And then went to eat my goat stew, which was delicious!