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STEVEN W. BAKER

SONGSOPTOK THE WRITERS BLOG | 10/15/2015 |




Fall of the Toborochi

The mighty toborochi tree lives life upside down
Showing her delicate pink flowers in fall and winter
As she gradually loses her leaves, then regowns
While hummingbirds sip her sweet nectar treats.

When her leaves are gone, the blossoms remain
Covering the ground with fresh pink flower snow.
Her belly bulges with the pregnant goddess Araverá
Hiding inside from her enemies, the spirits of darkness.

The hummingbird god, Colibri, awaits their marriage,
The cold winter rain failing to cool his ardent passion.
But his lovely Araverá is trapped inside, never to be free
Though their son will be born to exact revenge.

Each fall, Araverá returns to this world in the flowers
Which fall like pink tears from the towering toborochis
But first, hummingbirds come to drink their sweetness
And to remind us that true love never really dies.


STEVEN W. BAKER



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