• Grant Handgis ~ Author/Poet

"Hunter, hunted"

Hunter, hunted

Manuel tells the story of the old

widow, who turned bruja after

her first born daughter of seven

reached her first blood month, and

training began, thereafter

her group of apprentices, eagerly

playing out the tendrils, sent forth

with a thousand years of practice

and desperate clinging to traditions'

wisdom dance, in a magical

arena, where men find the scent of woman

in the air, converting his own chemistry

to the highly explosive range of

total abandon, but these chicas

were special, moving down the

busy street without touching

the ground, and once grasping

a man firmly by the eyes,

prancing like a mare

in thick clover, glides

close enough to catch the

heady aroma of lust

wafting off this fool,

showing only the dreamy eyes

and an unbelieving smile, then

with a gesture of feigned confidence,

steps forward, which

is precisely the point

she had foreseen the prey to move

and, opening her arms

smiling the victor's smile,

ate him for breakfast

Copyright 1997-2011

The Latino culture has a rich history related to beliefs in ancestral spirits, as do most cultures. This comes out in their literature in the form of magical realism. Having read and studied different forms of cultural mysticism over the years, it wasn't all that difficult to frame what I was experiencing at the time to include the cultural mysticism inculcated in the very people I was writing about. A Bruja is a (female) witch. There are, as in any folklore, good witches and evil witches, or witches who use their skills for personal power, or to harm others. Then there are women who have a certain power of their own, which to the observer is bewitching. This is that situation.


g. Michael Handgis Photography


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