Alonso Llerena


do you nurture still
your children

do you breastfeed
the tiger litter

                            the overflowing
quinoa milk

the vile sensual world nurtures
the onlooking gaze of the conquered
& the conquerors

before their war, the Aqlla served
             overflowing quinoa milk
to unworthy undeserving grins

Aqlla, masters of light
not for human hands
ever unworthy
their mark a stain
on your angular care
yet they seek the seed
from your black ziggurat
ashlar prayers bend knees
& beg for water
their stone hearts seek
holy status
empowered sun women
split jungle from sierra
& split earthly men
cry an empire’s capitulation

& all I beg for is to be touched