Armor by Cristina Troufa
In the Wadi
Just beneath my skin sits a wadi of thorns;
a fissure deepening as the years rage through.
If you would travel there, protect yourself.
Carry water for when the sirocco desiccates,
a blanket for the midnight chill. Adapt
to the granular, the sere, alert to the biting
things that live in the cracks. Meet each
directly. In time, like any who complete
a quest, you will be rewarded with a lush
bloom, a small season of furious reprieve.
Devon Balwit writes and teaches in Portland, OR. She is the author of five chapbooks, which, along with her poems, can be found if you look for them. When not writing, she is her dog’s best friend.
Cristina Troufa is a Portuguese artist born and based in Porto, Portugal. Cristina holds a Licentiate Degree in Painting (1998) and a Masters Degree in Painting (2012), both in FBAUP (University of Fine Arts of Porto). Since 1995 she has participated in collective and individual exhibitions, in Art Galleries and Cultural Spaces of Portugal, France, Spain, Italy, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Taiwan England and USA.