On The Train
The Moroccan girl with wild brown hair tied back is not on the train as it leaves a white station.
She sits on her haunches. Her bare feet dig soil, grip small earth pebbles as exposed root structures dance with her toes.
Her toes are her extended connection where her shadow lies forgotten. It spreads upon vegetables. They wait below her. They prowl toward late winter light.
She is not on the red and brown train that zooms past green fields where her sheep in long woolen coats eat their way through pastures after a two year drought.
She is inside green the girl with her wild brown hair pulled tight.
She is not on the train hearing music, eating dates, reading a book,
talking with friends or strangers, sleeping along her passage, or
dreaming of a lover.
She does not scan faces of tired, trapped people in their orange seats impatiently waiting for time to deliver them to a Red City in the desert. Her history's desert is full of potentates sharpening their swords, inventing icon free art, alphabets, practicing equality, creating five pillars of Islam and navigation star map tools, breaking wild stallions, building tiled adobe fortresses, selling spices, writing language.
She is not on the train drinking fresh mint tea or consulting a
pocket sized edition of the Quran. She does not kneel on her Berber
carpet five times a day facing Mecca in the east.
She does not wear stereo earphones or listen to music imported from another world, a world where people treasure their watches. Where controlling time is their passion for being prompt and responsible citizens to give their lives meaning.
She is not on the train and not in this language the girl with her wild brown hair tied back with straw or leather or stems of wild flowers surrounding her with fragrances.
She is surrounded by orange blossom perfume beyond rolling hills,
cut by wet canyons along yellow and green fields, where her black
eyes penetrate white clouds in her blue sky.
In her open heart she hears her breath explore her long shadow, causing it to ripple with her shift. Her toes caress soil and she is lighter than air, lighter than a feather of a wild bird in the High Atlas mountains far away.
She smells the Berber tribal fire heating tea for the festival where someone wears a goatskin cape and skull below the stars.
It is cold outside. Flames leap from branches like shooting stars into her eyes and someone plays music. It is the music of her ancestors, her nomadic people and she sways inside the gradual hypnotic rhythm of her ancestral memory.
She is not on the train. She is inside a goat skull moving her hoofs through soil. She moves through fields where she danced as a child seeing red and yellow fire calling all the stars to her dance and she is not on the train.