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 Post subject: When it rained on Aruba
PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2007 4:40 pm 
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I was driving in the car with my family the other day while it was raining, and noticed a man on the side of the road that was working in a field. It made me wonder what it must have been like to be a Cunucu farmer one hundred years ago on Aruba, so I asked.
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WHEN IT RAINS

He stands in an open field
A hoe in hand
Drenched by kind droplets
Laughing at sky Gods
Or is it ‘with’ them

Were it not for the rain
Many months of work awaited him
Hard dry fields
Fields that holds on to a soil that is now sand
Sand that had dusted away leaving stones and pebbles
It waited on him
His fields
His Cunucu
His little farm

Were it not for the rain
His hands would have been cut by wood
The wood of the hoe he has to hold in his war with stones and pebbles
His back would have curved a bit more
The dryness would have fixed it in position
His face would have acquired another line
A line cut by the machinery of the sun and oiled by his sweat - left there forever

Were it not for the rain
He would have awakened to black coffee
Put on a long sleeved undershirt to be covered with a Khaki overall
A mass of cracking leather on his waist to hold him together
Steel tipped boots with the leather beaten off the toes and “Cats’ Paw” heels worn thin
Thick cloth gloves with leather pads
An old “T-Shirt” to wear as a cover over his head
Welders goggles over his eyes
Were it not for the rain – this would have been his uniform

Were it not for the rain
He would have gone into his “battleground – fields”
Locked in his uniform and left only with endless thinking
Waged war on rocks and pebbles
Seen dust as the casualties of his war
And at the end of his battle for the day
He would have his body cared for by dark gentle wives’ hands
He would listen to re-enforcing words
They would praise him and curse the sun
He would know that on that day he had lost to stones and pebbles and dust.

But it is raining – pouring in fact.
The sand is soil and moves so easily at the nudge of his hoe
Good things will grow from this work
From this drenched soil
His pleasure is not to be measured
His joy is without limit – yet – in the wetness of the day, he smiles

In a one room Cunucu House, standing by the window – looking out
A dark feminine figure looks out and laughs with him
She sees him in an open field
A hoe in hand
Drenched by kind droplets
The two of them – woman and dirt warrior - laugh at sky Gods
Or is it ‘with’ them

be well

charles

September 16, 2007


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I love your observations and the way you put them into words, Charles. Thank you for another very nice "snippet".

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Now when it rains while we are in Aruba I will try to remember this and all farmers working their land.

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I agree...very nice snippet indeed!

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