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Two Dragons welcome the sunrise with an improvised dance atop the Andes. Photo by Ryan Gasper.

A Poem

Hi everybody ! Here is a poem I wrote during our homestays in Tiquipaya. I wrote it as a way to reflect on and process all that I was (and still am) learning :

I wonder why I’ve come here to this never ending springtime,

To this land where my ancestors ripped your silver from the earth

 

Only for them to find that there would never be enough time

To let all of your treasures quench their never ending thirst

 

And I wonder how I sit here holding shiny little knick knacks

Mandated by my people the necessities for life

 

Never asking, never wondering how all these little knick knacks

Could somehow be the fruits of plants sewn by the seeds of strife

 

And yet I go on being here, using your space, breathing your air

And thinking that I know what’s best for all of us and all of you

 

When in truth I can not guess, how best to help, how best to care

And so perhaps it’s better now simply to learn and not to do