Drought as a Curse

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Literary Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: April 17, 2016

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Fish make their last dance,

as their eyes give the last glance

to the angry Sun,

which has turned the Land

of Rainmakers to a burning furnace.

 

Villagers are divided on the reason

why the Sun is so angry…

 

An old man believes the Sun

is angry because his son

married a girl from a Land

their gods forbade them.

 

A mother believes the Sun

is angry because the father

of her children comes home

with palm wine,

instead of game for meat.

 

A swordsmith believes the Sun

is angry because the war god

is angry;

for a long time the village

has been peaceful,

though hungry and thirsty.

 

A girl believes the Sun

is angry because she can’t

bear a child for her village.

 

A joker believes the Sun

is angry because he made fun

of the long, ragged beard

of their Shaman.

 

A child believes the Sun

is not angry;

the villagers have blamed

each other and themselves, until they have

forgotten they are rainmakers,

when they pray together….

 


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