Poetry

Odes to the Street-walkers of Dili

i. The Pig She has parked herself in the intersection of tracks under coconut palms. She looks about the size of a VW beetle if you allow a little exaggeration. When she walks, her belly waggles between her legs. From below, she looks well-used; but her back and sides have the black curve of a galleon sailing the coconut husks. She represents vigour and life, like the Venus of Willendorf, provider of piglets, star of wedding and funeral feasts. She swaggers around her scrap-heaps, a blue-chip investment but unassuming and humble despite her rich cargo of fat. Long-snouted, barrel-bodied, her…

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