Cahuita, with its gravel and mud tracks,
is similar to other coastal villages. Most live
in numbered barrios along the highway.
Blond and fair skinned like an archangel
in a loose jumper, her tummy swells gently,
a sweet salt dew on her upper lip. If I were
a woman here, I’d want babies too. One of
the pensive sisters who manage the café
says they have come from Padua, home
of St. Anthony. Their grandfathers play
cards at a table in the empty bar.
In the coastal jungle, macaws
and howler monkeys evince nature’s
epic disdain for human law and order. My carriage
indistinguishable from that of other tourists.

Donald Wellman | Mudlark No. 34
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