dispatches to and from

nathan f. elmore

Creative writing on faith, culture, and things in between

The Zongolica Farmer

He is surrounded by the old shadows,

cast in perfect relief by sun and Cross.

His figure – diminutive, dark-skinned –

eclipses this lost-hidden field.


It is here, at the tilt of a blade and universe,

the stakes are raised to mountains.

His fear watches, quietly,

as he collects dead cornstalks.


He knows it is time –

to shoo away wild turkeys,

to drop small things into the ground.

It is time to see through shadows.


"The Zongolica Farmer" was inspired by a March 2006 trip to Veracruz state, Mexico.