Thursday, June 27, 2013

Faces for Peggy's prompt: About Face

Over at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, Peggy Goetz of ON A DAY LIKE TODAY offered us some of her photos of people for a challenge called About Face. I think it's a great name for your prompt, Peggy, and your portraits are fabulous.

Photo by Peggy Goetz

inscrutable, indomitable, 
Maya people in Guatemala remain
despite the genocide...
what is a war of 36 years
to people whose race is thousands of years old?
her red hat
with upturned brim
smiles for her, as she tries
to keep her face grim
despite the sparkle in her eyes
and the laugh lines in her face.
father, uncles, brothers perished
“disappeared” by Cusanero,
but her sons remain alive
and for them she’ll always strive
to discourage anyone
who, with a camera,
tries to take the life from her face.
Kay Davies, June, 2013


Sherry Blue Sky said...

One of your best, my friend. You have captured that face EXACTLY. Perfection!

Susan said...

WOW! A serious reading of a many layered face, one that reaches me and is no laughing matter. Her reasons for spark are not for sale.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM

Friko said...

It’s a wonderful photo and you have certainly done it justice.

Mary said...

So well expressed, Kay!

Loredana Donovan said...

Great job, Kay! A wonderful interpretation of such an expressive face :)

kaykuala said...

Lots of character in the face. But it's sad of what they had gone through as a people! Nicely Kay!


Powell River Books said...

My good friend and colleague from work came from Guatemala. He showed me pictures of his childhood home with a dirt floor and small wood burning cooking stove. He said if you had too much, the generals would come and make your life difficult. In the end, his family had to flee to the United States to get away from persecution. It was hard to imagine such a beginning and ending up as our school district's technology network administrator. - Margy