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Volume 16, Number 5
April 20, 2010

culture

Also in this section:
Travels in Europe: an Ivan Klasovsky photographic retrospective
Children's books: El collar de hierro / The Iron Necklace
Great Expectations at the Ancon Theater
Sparky the Wonder Dog
The Panama News Acrostic
Grito de la Tierra art and music benefit for environmentalist causes
Poets' Corner
Cool Internet Sites
Cuban artist Manuel Quintana Martelo's paintings at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo
Panama Singers & Songwriters Festival, May 18-22
Errol Dunn and Panamanian re-Africanization




Pirates Never Come That Way
 
Drake and Morgan
did not air-kiss
at one's front door.
They told their m'hearties
to ignore 
and take from behind.
 
A true pirate seizes
ornate facades and friezes,
the riches displayed to impress
and not to share,
and ignores the
weapons that point forward-
The cannons of Puerto Bello
and all
loyal to their pirate search.
 
At each store and every perch
no bank of commerce is without
young men in varied costumes
looking out
with weapons
from the Napoleanic wars
protecting gold
and old ideas.
 
There must be some-
Are you the one,
to cry out,
"Hey!
Pirates never come this way?"
 
And will you talk
to the singers of new songs,
and the indigenous old songs
that need to be sung,
and to those who 
post no guards?
 
Ask them
the secret of new beginnings,
of ships that carry
cargoes
of possibilities
that will not be plundered
 
of hopes and dreams,
and people who look behind
to see what has been left behind,
and those who look ahead
for two way streets.
 
 
 
Diego Santiago
 
Author notes
In the Caribbean, pirates repeatedly plundered forts and cities by sneaking up from behind on jungle trails.
One has to wonder if we are all still vulnerable to this ploy?
 

Also in this section:
Travels in Europe: an Ivan Klasovsky photographic retrospective
Children's books: El collar de hierro / The Iron Necklace
Great Expectations at the Ancon Theater
Sparky the Wonder Dog
The Panama News Acrostic
Grito de la Tierra art and music benefit for environmentalist causes
Poets' Corner
Cool Internet Sites
Cuban artist Manuel Quintana Martelo's paintings at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo
Panama Singers & Songwriters Festival, May 18-22
Errol Dunn and Panamanian re-Africanization

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