El Parque Central
by Kevin Frey

    El Parque Central, Antigua Guatemala

    two young girls in traje crying

    their mother laughs and comforts them

    and returns to work selling camisas

    to tourists seeking some local color

    the older homeless woman is still

    on her feet, her thin dirty legs

    poking out from the colorless shirt

    that's covering her this cold morning

    I don't know why she's been shouting

    at the kids, but for a brief moment

    she has the attention even of

    the feral prowling shoe-shine boys

    a friend tells me she'd overheard

    the woman earlier that morning

    repeating softly to herself:

    the flowers are blue, yellow, red

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