Reflections on Cabarete – January 2013 by Betty Merner
Rhythmic hammers conversing,
Scraping of cement swishing, scraping
Punctuated by ‘Gracias, gracias, por favor, buenas días, buenas días.
Windy cloudy white, grey
Fluttering in circles
A sudden shower dancing on graveled walkways.
A lazy fan humming a quiet song.
A double door opening to the day.
Palm fronds rattle their long fingers.
Primo comes sweep, sweeping curled petals
Shaken from sleeping boughs
when the night winds came.
Wiping clean the bubbled table tops and plastic seating.
Smiling, nodding, smiling his generous grin.
Colored sails tugging, twisting, bobbing
Kites along the choppy-waved shore
Criss-crossing, air-born delight.
Salty waves lapping a corrugated shore
Leaving morning treasures
To be raked away in early light.
The Shell Man…
One-legged he stands
Guarding his shop.
Black summited rock breaking the drift of waves at the shore’s edge
Ladened with shells.
Large, small pink-polished conches
Swirling cones reflecting sun and sparkle.
His gaze meets your eyes.
I am a man, too.
Quiet, shyly smiling gestures towards the sheet-hung doorway.
Brittled lines of worn leather
pattern the table beneath its shroud.
But soon her hands begin their quiet magic.
Kneading, pressured rippling spineward.
Encouraging wings to unfold and flutter
Pulsing warm kindness and healing.
Two three four five around the table
Solitaire? High lo Jack? Back to solitaire.
Laughter rises and falls.
Poking playfully in knowing and wanting to know more.
Enters smiling. Laden with bags and boxes that she empties
Into our lives
Displaying her wares.
Fried yucca, rice and shrimp floating in limes and spices.
Avacado, tomato, sliced into flower petal designs.
Beans, saucy eggplant, and a mountainous hill of rice pudding
Speckled with cinnamon and raisins…
Smells, sounds, colors, warmth, laughter
Melt into my cells
Chocolate coated memories.
Family with family
People sharing time space
Etched into my being
Bringing smiles and a comforting mind massage through the year.
Thank you for a wonderful trip!
(Staying at Pool side Villa Chez January 2013 with extended Family, adults and children)
Tel: (809) 571-0744
Fax: (809) 571-0655
Cabarete, Dominican Republic