Journalism in Verse – EST. 2016

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Guajajara

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Guardians of the forest,
of the vine-embraced ceiba
and enormous ferns,
delicate orchids
and carnivorous blossoms,
the macaw and the toucan,
the chorus of diminutive frogs
and the stalking jaguar;

Fires and herds
encroach;
invasion
of the consumer
in the indigenous
realm,
the secretive
Awá Guajá
retreat
with their blowguns
into the diminishing
thicket
away from illegal
loggers
and miners;

The protector,
Paulo Paulino,
his bark-colored
face painted with
dreams,
makes his rounds
to be sure
all is well,
but ambushed
by thugs,
is slain in the mud
beneath
the accusation
of howler monkeys.

 

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Robert René Galván, born in San Antonio, resides in New York City where he works as a professional musician and poet. His last collection of poems is entitled, Meteors, published by Lux Nova Press.

Photo of deforestation in Brazil by Operação Hymenaea.

________

As loggers destroy the Amazon, this ‘guardian’ stood in their way. Now he’s been killed.
[Washington Post]

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