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16th Oct 11

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photo by
Kaido Vainomaa
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Black Lawrence Press


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collections –
“Mama Amazonica”
Bloodaxe Books;
“What the Water Gave Me: Poems after Frida Kahlo”
Seren, 2010;
Black Lawrence Press, US edition, 2011;
“The Treekeeper’s Tale”,
“The Huntress”
“The Zoo Father”




The Bus

I have not yet caught the bus, but we are all here
ready to play our parts: the housewife with her basket,
the barefoot mother nursing her child,
the boy gazing out the window just as later
he’ll stare through the smeared pane and catch
the tram’s advance, his eyes wide as globes.
The gringo holds his bag of gold dust.
I am next to him, sixteen, my body still
intact when the bag explodes and something
bright as the sun fills the air with humming motes
that stick to my splattered skin. Then the labourer
with his mallet will heave the silver post out of me.
His blue overalls are clean. He is not surprised to find me
alive. Here, in Coyoacán at the stop, where the six of us
wait on a bench side by side, just as we will sit
in the wooden bus, comrades in the morning of my life.

Pascale Petit

in collection, What the Water Gave Me: Poems after Frida Kahlo,
Seren, 2010; Black Lawrence Press, US edition, 2011,
Seren ISBN 978-1-8541151-5-7