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The Doves Seem to Croon Tippy Canoe Tippy Canoe by Kathryn MacDonald

Baracoa’s malecon leads to a long, long beach and, eventually, a fishing village. Photo by Kathryn MacDonald

The Doves Seem to Croon Tippy Canoe Tippy Canoe

Baracoa and Boca de la Miel, Cuba

1
 
Rain falls overnight
cleansing heat and dust of day
susurrus song on the pillow.
 
Travelling news greets morning
     airlines suspending flights
     a case of coronavirus at home
     factories and daycares closed
     the mantra of self-isolation repeated
                                                                 and repeated
while the sun rises above Baracoa
                                                        island town
of ocean waves and mountain breezes.
 
You feel a bit like Robinson Crusoe.
 

2
 
Woodcut visions of medieval plague
     bodies stacked and dangling from carts
     emaciated people leaning from balconies
cross your mind before you quickly wipe
them aside.
3
 
Walk miles of ocean shore
to lounge upon a sheltered beach.
Eat uva caleta     grapelike berries
from the tree of Columbus’ cross.
Crack almond shells with a stone.
 
At the small fishing village of Boca de la Miel
listen to riffs of Spanish voices
drift across Made’s verandah
     devour fried platano
     sip ice-cold cerveza
walk home to your casa on Calle Maceo
close to the malecón.
4
 
From your small balcony     roof-top high
you listen to doves cooing in their dovecot
tippy canoe     tippy canoe
a rooster crowing.
                               You wonder
if you’ve slipped into Alice’s rabbit hole.
 
Night’s rain has emptied clouds.
The sullen sky has changed to blue.
 
Time flattens like a Dali watch.
The doves sing their haunting song.
Boca de la Miel, Cuba. Photo by Kathryn MacDonald

5 thoughts on “The Doves Seem to Croon Tippy Canoe Tippy Canoe by Kathryn MacDonald”

  1. Hi Kathryn,

    Lovely, both poems and photos. Love the rhythms and colours. Very evocative.

    Is Kim Aubrey the publisher?

    On Fri, Jul 10, 2020 at 1:46 PM Between Festivals: A Journal in Time of Pandemic and Lockdown wrote:

    > kimaubrey posted: ” Baracoa’s malecon leads to a long, long beach and, > eventually, a fishing village. Photo by Kathryn MacDonald The Doves Seem to > Croon Tippy Canoe Tippy Canoe –Baracoa and Boca de la Miel, Cuba 1 Rain > falls overnight cleansing heat and dust” >

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