Scenes from the Window
by Elizabeth Perdomo
Sweet potato vines
Tangle out past the edge
Tall & faded grey,
White churches, a primitive
Baptist paradise, with outdoor
Tables for picnics on the grounds.
Weathered brick chimneys
Stand solitary in stark vigil decades
After the house fire.
Bent woman wearing bonnet,
Hoeing a long row of fine looking
Last year’s leftover bales
Of faded hay dot pasture fields
Strewn like pieces from a large game.
Faded box cars abandoned
On rusty rail tracks, faded farmer’s coops
Surrounded by the sparse sea
Of a gravel parking lot spotted by
Tobacco spittle & equally faded
Skeletons of old cotton bales
Stand lost at the red dirt margins
Of a now empty field.
May 1979 – Greyhound Bus, South Georgia
A sunny day,
A warm pause before
The onset of hard winter.
She enters alone
Afraid, bending in pain
From time abused; human, frail,
Her cold hands
Shake like windows on
Subway trains just passing.
Too many robbers
Stalk her, take her mind,
Her meager security rent checks,
Rob her of what
Life even she no longer
Thieves lurk as death
Behind doors, on side streets
She must pass, unwilling.
Beauty which once flashed in a young smile,
Now gone like dignity; she sits empty,
Wrinkled as a barren womb.
An aged woman, waiting,
Known well by any who dare look
Into her time-worn face
& see the empty road
Of many futures.
July 1978 – Boston, Massachusetts
fly upon fragrant afternoon;
spring breezes swaddle a wet kid,
fresh dropped, first soft bleating breath;
innocence, his mother licks,
urges him to discover
8 March 2000 – Rockdale County, Georgia
After Ruby’s 1st Kidding
Elizabeth Perdomo has lived and written in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas these past fourteen years, moving to the region from the Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico. Born in Kansas, and raised both there and in Colorado, she has written poetry works since a young teen. Perdomo also lived in the Southeastern USA for a number of years. Her written pieces reflect on local place and culture, cooking, gardening, ecology and nature, traditions, spirituality and much more.