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Virgil Suarez

bring what ails you

to a folk curandera

high in the Andes

where thin air dizzies

the spirit, a black

guinea pig, a fur ball,

and she'll rub it

against the aching

body and right

at the epicenter

of pain, the animal

squeals when it finds

the source of the disease,

then it dies, gives up

for the sake

of this healing.


From Brando's Hat No 12 (Spring 2002)