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Ulama

Sometimes it takes a few tries to get it right

Note: Ulama is the Aztec name for the violent, ritualistic  ball game played all over the Americas – from Arizona and New Mexico to Paraguay – 1000 years before the first Olympic games were played in Greece.

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Ulama

The house in Cuernavaca and
its gardens filled with ancient trees
sheltered inside stuccoed walls capped with broken glass

All summer, the burning nights roared with thunder,
lightning ravaged the alien darkness
revealing branches draped with blossoms red as blood

So much of doom was in that sound
we ducked and crouched in fear-filled laughter
while the gods of Storm and Death

Played the game of fate and sacrifice
driving the Earth through the rings with their hips
in the sultry southern nights

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