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Leo Briones

(6-16-63 / El Paso, TX)

Romancing poverty


When all the women
on their way to Africa
to give oatmeal
cookies
and granola bars
to the poor
have shaved heads,
you have to wonder—
does poverty make you blind,
fail to see beauty in pomegranate lips,
the pouring of auburn curls, or sea green eyes?
Oh! what an ode it will be,
what a turn of the lock and key,
when the cover of National Geographic reads,
“Masai boys discover beauty in silken thighs.”

Submitted: Friday, November 20, 2009
Edited: Friday, May 13, 2011

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