Poverty Triumphs

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Ramon uses his worn field rag to wipe sweat from his wife’s forehead. She uncomfortably rests on an old wooden chair. Hot and humid in their rusty metal shack, only a straggly stray black dog finds relief lying prostrate across the dirt floor. Over the small fireplace, Ramon’s mother heats a small pot she manages to barely fill with dirty water from the old rain barrel sitting outside the entryway. She watches a half deflated soccer ball send huge dust clouds into the humid April midday air as the village children noisily run and kick it away from each other. The fine dust floats down and into the cover less rain barrel.

Ramon’s wife rises from the rickety chair, paces back and forth over the dirt floor. She stoops down to pull up a tuft of stray roots sprouting up from the floor. Suddenly she feels a gripping pain. “Ramon,” whispers his young wife, “It is time. Go get Akhushtal.”

Traveling by foot over the mountainous terrain, Ramon returns two hours before evening. “Hola, Eme?” inquires Akhushtal, she finds Eme breathing erratically and her mother-in-law by her side. Without hesitation, Akhushtal cries out, “Please, the hot water, madre and light a candle. The baby’s head is showing. Push, Eme, push!”

Poverty triumphs
Strangles mother and newborn
Fireflies light man’s grief

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Inspiration for this story comes from the weekly, Ligo Haibun Challenge. This week was a photo challenge.

In general, this fictional story is loosely based on rural Guatemala: Huehuetenango Department where in these mountainous areas, the people experience severe lack of clean water, very poor sanitation systems and malnutrition.

If you liked this post, why not visit Ligo Haibun Challenge and join in the fun. Thank you so much!

© 2013 simply charming

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35 thoughts on “Poverty Triumphs

  1. Kozo says:

    Hit me right where my worst nightmares hide, Sunshine. The word strangles killed me. You moved me to compassion. For that I am thankful, my friend. {{{Hugs}}} Kozo

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    • Sunshine says:

      Kozo, you’re welcome and may we be enlightened and moved to take action in some way to end the injustice of poverty around the world. ☼sunHUGS!

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  2. Peripatetic Eric says:

    Your very descriptive words bring this story to life. Beautiful haiku illuminating a sad situation. It really makes me think about how to make a difference.

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    • Sunshine says:

      i am grateful for your thoughtful words, Eric. i believe awareness can begin a chain of events to help those that struggle daily just to survive.
      thank you. ♥

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    • Sunshine says:

      i was hoping maybe in some way these poor folks can somehow get more help with their living conditions…who knows. maybe with a little awareness…thank you so much for your time & sharing your kind thoughts, Kingsley.

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    • Sunshine says:

      it is hard to believe, Maddy, that in all of our advances, what some of us take for granted, like modern medical facilities and basic survival needs, are not readily available to many people in this world. that is why your work at 1Earth and others, like Kozo etc. is so important to get the awareness out. at least the ripple of change gets activated…thanks for the applause. i truly appreciate it. ☼♥

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  3. humanTriumphant says:

    this was so well done, sunshine, as in many poverty-stricken countries, approximately 1 in 3 women die from childbirth-related/pregnancy complications (not to mention all the other conditions associated with your description). Much love to you for keeping this in the forefront of other’s minds. -j

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    • Sunshine says:

      thank you, HT…it was an eye opener for me as i read about these poverty-stricken places…one tends to forget not all are living with basic needs being met. thank you for your encouraging words. ♥

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    • Sunshine says:

      Your words, Island T. speaks truth clearly. This higher power sustains life in ways we cannot understand at this time…our task is to live each day as best as possible even in poorly understood circumstances. thanks!

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