I'm pleased today to participate in a photo-poetry exchange hosted by Margaret Simon over at Reflections on the Teche. Back in April, Margaret got excited by a photo posted on Molly Hogan's blog, wrote about it, and wanted others to enjoy the challenge.
I love writing about art, particularly photographs, so even though I missed Margaret's sign-up, I was so thrilled to join in and even out the numbers.
My exchange partner is Ruth Hersey of the blog There is no such thing as a God-forsaken town, who lives in Haiti. She sent me the below photo of her local geography, which prompted me to do quite a bit of reading about Haiti and its history. I found myself with very mixed feelings about the photo, my reading, and what I know to be true about Ruth's experience of her adopted country. I hope my poem captures all that.