More Poetry and Peruvian Images

Part two of poems inspired by my images of Peru.  You can see Part One here.

Young Girl


you are the definition of endurance
standing firm against the backdrop of your native country
and I am the same
wedged between the busy streets and avenues of my own

we are no different really, you and I
your eyes a watercolor of secrets
tracking survival from the dusty grounds
pulling in a wish, inventing a dream that might save you
while my own secrets flock to my eyes
from the weathered places I track daily
a lost mother, a broken union between man and woman
things too painful from the past pushing in

we both stand in our dry surroundings
contemplating life through the history of our fortunes
yet we are not broken by the paths we are forced to take
we breathe scraps of hope into our skin
and the flush of them covers us
makes us into something strong
turns us into a signpost of resilience.

– barbara mitchell

Still Life


From your rock-hill
view, are you looking
into desolation,
or dreams?

Do you see blurred nothingness
in green spurts rising
from continuous sand?
Or is your vision inward,
colored like your rainbow-poncho?

Do you breathe more than arid-air?
Do you thirst for: the cities, the jungle,
the rainforest, the Andes?
Can you see up to Machu Picchu?

Are you in thoughts of Quechua—
meditating about Intihuatana
(the place to which the sun is tied)—
the great sundial?

Are you silently worshipping
the Sun-God?

Or are you just being
hungry in what you know,
posed in a moment
of your routine
without dreams?

– Sandra Mooney-Ellerbeck

For Part Three of Poems and Peruvian images go here.

2 Responses to “More Poetry and Peruvian Images”
  1. Camila Cabieses Belevan says:

    Hi: I’m a Peruvian, and i really loved what you had wrote here… is incredible how you expressed the feelings of these people. It means that you were here enough to know our country, our culture and our people. I hope that you had a wonderful time here.
    Peru will always welcome you, who come here to appreciate what we have, and to inspire your souls…
    thks a lot for this wonderful job…

  2. Darlene says:

    Hi Camila – I actually didn’t write the words you see above, a lady who hasn’t even been there did – but she saw my photos of your country and they inspired her words. Thank you for your comments.

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Born and raised in Edmonton, Darlene has had formal training in photography at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. She enjoys portraits, fine art, and travel photography. She is a seasoned traveler having spent time in Mexico, Singapore, Malaysia, Peru, Thailand, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Cuba and Australia. Darlene loves exotic locales, exotic food and experiencing different countries directly through the local people and the cultural arts. Her vision is to share her artistic talents through teaching “the art of seeing”, and to spread love and tolerance through the experience of truly connecting with and understanding people of different cultures.