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Copyright © henry toromoreno, 2010. All rights reserved.

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“All I wanted”,  

she says licking tears

that taste like the spray

of a tropical storm,

“was for him to love me”.

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Hiccuping breaths,

she lowers her eyes

to keep from sailing

back to her memories;

but her swollen lids

press into her face –

and remind her of his hands …

so she cries some more.

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“I know”, 

she says,

“he loved me,

but he had to break me too”,

and that was the wave

that washed her up on my shores.

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for Haiti after 2010 earthquake

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Damage to the Presidential Palace is most obvious,

for it is hard to tell which of the other buildings

were already on their knees when the shaking struck.

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In the pictures I have seen,

wide eyes look out

from their black and brown backgrounds

onto a fresh horror that

arrived from deep beneath the earth.

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The soil is used to blood in Haiti

and the world is used to watching.

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The news reports say the quake registered

seven on the scale,

but the island has been at the epicenter

since Columbus landed with smallpox and crucifixes –

lost but determined to profit.

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To rebuild the Presidential Palace,

     where the Tonton Macoutes were born

     where Poppa schooled Baby Doc

          to brutalize in the grandest Western way,

               first in ties and suits and then

              wearing pleated uniforms with

              officers’ hats and a small herd of

              medallions hung from their breasts

              marking where their hearts had died,

postcards will be used for comparison.

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In the pictures I have seen

it is clear that the heavens too

turned their backs long ago

just as we do daily here on earth.

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Octopus drawn during Christmas 2010. Pen on paper.

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