Cactuses in High Wind at Taganga/ Julian Tasso


We have been tossing rocks athwart the wind,
and crabwalking in the dust.
Oh baked and loose is the trail,
and the wind is forceful.

The cactuses tremble.
The sun was already enough,
in the mind, to snap them,
and we perish in one mass—

but we long have waited,
and even in this wind, they hold—
and here is once again the sunset,
molten in one steadfast nimbus.

Julian Tasso is a Colombian-American student of literature at U of M. Though born in Adrian MI, the older he grows, the more he is drawn to Colombia, and the more his work focuses upon it. His Spanish language works have been published in El Malpensante.

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