for Haiti after 2010 earthquake
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.
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.
The soil is used to blood in Haiti
and the world is used to watching.
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.
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.
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.
Copyright © henry toromoreno, 2010. All rights reserved.