Portrait of Abuela as a Child on Laundry Day

Portrait of Abuela as a Child on Laundry Day [from Hypothetical Review, Issue 2]

Panchita fashions phantom
dances out of linen
stolen from neighbors’ lines
that hammock rainforest sky

the tear down and snap of alligator
clothespins bite
marrow sticky
splinters rope
and tastes like percussion

pushed up against
a river stone washboard
Panchita presses perfume
out of mango peel, banana leaves and
saffron oil hidden in the hearts of her palms.

Link: http://hypotheticalreview.com/issue-two/roberto-f-santiago/

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