A Garden in Cuba

Before Columbus

yuquiyu would have been the Taino name

of a secretive place

like this one

 

where tame human voices

fall silent

in the wild presence

of overgrown

beauty

 

here there's a natural form

of listening so fervent

that even the most feathery whispers

of invisible beings

can be overheard and almost

understood

 

Margarita Engle