Monday, December 15, 2008

Feathery Flutters and Volcano Breath

Our week of travel in the state of Michoacan gave us the experiences of meeting wonderful people, feeling thousands of monarch butterflies in the air around us, and climbing the steaming volcano Paricutin.  We alternated camping and hoteling, as it was a bit chilly.  Camping the first night involved setting up our tent in an unfinished house and a meal of fresh steamed trout in a family home, in a beautiful little mountain town.  Near Patzcuaro we awoke to ice coating the tent, so the next night in Angahuan we rented a little trojecito, a tiny cabin with just enough space for four horizontal humans.  Here we'll share our first tries at family poetry, with each person contributing lines, to describe our time with the butterflies and the volcano.

Sanctuario de Monarcas

A rocky worn scrabbly trail
A bushwacking traverse
Finding wings on the ground
Hours of up
then clouds of butterflies windtunneling towards us
like gems
Feathery flutters of fire orange explosion
The swishing of small wings
Or clinging quietly in clusters to individual pine needles
and decorating Dana


Butt-bumbling wood saddles on fuzzy horses
or shoe-filling ash walking
past peach and avocado fields
and troje pointed roof wood houses
then hot and open lava fields
Sounds of Purepecha language
between the guide and his son
Smooth cone suddenly steep
volcano breath steam on our hands
ear to earth engine sounds
ancient smell of creation
Circling the crater
singed buns while innocently eating sandwiches
Knee high ash clouds steep dune
running sliding down
Lava hugging the church steeple of the town no more


wildelg said...

Wow, all I can say is wow! Way to go on the family poetry. It seems hard enough for one person to write, so great job with multiple authors! I've always wanted to check out the butterflies. Maybe when you return, I can get some of your photos and some more details for my ecology class that I'll teach in the spring. We always discuss the Monarch, how it's caterpillars and adults are poisonous, how another butterfly looks like it to take advantage of avoidance by predators, but my lecture would be much improved with real photos and some first hand info. I also talk about volcanoes in my class, so it sounds like I'll need to gather more first hand info and maybe a photo or two for the slide show too!

I'm so glad you're getting to do a lifetime worth of exploring while you're there.

Feliz Navidad!


Sage said...

Butt-bumbling! How fabulous! I am moved and inspired by your family's on my list of things I want to do with Theo someday...Thanks for sharing these!