HER HEAD

Near Eukuvukeni,
in Natal,South Africa,
a women carries water on her head.
After a year of drought,
when one child in three is at risk of death,
she returns from a distant well,
carrying water on her head.


The pumpkins are gone,
the tomatoes withered ,
she has to carry water on her head
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JOAN MURRAY

Joan Murray (born August 6, 1945) is an American poet, writer, playwright and editor. She is best known for her narrative poems, particularly her book-length novel-in-verse, Queen of the Mist; her collection Looking for the Parade which won the National Poetry Series Open Competition, and her New and Selected Poems volume,Swimming for the Ark, which was chosen as the inaugural volume in White Pine Press's Distinguished Poets Series. more…

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