Bolivian Cholita Women   Leave a comment

BoliviaCholita Women In La Paz, Bolivia (08/19/19) — Image by kenne

City of the full moon & speckled dove, of breathlessness,
thin air spiked with smog & the clay-colored fingers
of La Cordillera Real cutting a serrated skyline
behind grey buildings. City of black-haired women,
stout cholas sharpening their eyes under
the curled brim of a bowler hat
tipped to one side, their shoulders swimming in shawls,
hips wobbling the hem of a bell skirt. City
of open-air markets where chilies spill from burlap sacks
wrapped around the vendors like colors in a palette
running from rust to buttercup yellow.

— from “Boarding an Overnight Bus – La Paz, Bolivia” by Marty Saunders

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