Toas Laundry Day, by Sharmagne Leland-St. John

by Gay Williford

A cloud-swept sky
teases a possible shower.

The white-hot sun beats down
on a landscape of parched soil
and brittle plant life
as all nature struggles in this arid climate.

On the shaded patio of a Navajo home
colorful mats hang on a clothesline–
their intricate designs woven with care
as they are a main source of family income–
a sense of hope intertwined between cords.


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