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Pintada
by Frances Santiago

 

etch your songs on my body
to be tattooed in your words
brings honor and color
to this offered skin

***

when soul meets its mate
in the wide
open spaces
and the thundering of hooves
heralds this
joining
of spirit
to mind
to heart
to body
all the wildness
in this earth
rejoices
at its
mirrored
image

***

the babaylan lives
and she does not weep
she laughs
and for that
the earth
trembles

© Frances Santiago

 

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