one for the weather

It is hot here today. High 70s with a nice breeze. I’m out of bed and actually in the land of the living. I still have a bit of a cough but definitely better than yesterday. Today’s poem is from a former professor of mine, Victor Hernandez Cruz, from one of his books, Red Beans. I just love the humor of this one and the images it evokes. Enjoy!

Problems with Hurricanes
by Victor Hernandez Cruz

A campesino looked at the air
And told me:
With hurricanes it’s not the wind
or the noise or the water.
I’ll tell you he said:
it’s the mangoes, avocados
Green plantains and bananas
flying into town like projectiles.

How would your family
feel if theyhad to tell
The generations that you
got killed by a flying

Death by drowning has honor
If the wind picked you up
and slammed you
Against a mountain boulder
This would not carry shame
to suffer a mango smashing
Your skull
or a plantain hitting your
Temple at 70 miles per hour
is the ultimate disgrace.

The campesino takes off his hat –
As a sign of respect
towards the fury of the wind
And says:
Don’t worry about the noise
Don’t worry about the water
Don’t worry about the wind –

If you are going out
beware of mangoes
And all such beautiful
sweet things.


One Comment Add yours

  1. redred says:

    that is a cute one!

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