Photo by Patricia Seaton
(it was election day in Peru and the peasants were in town from the hills to vote and have a few drinks)
Red plastic bag like refuse marks the chichería,
its benches half the breadth of my behind.
This shed I think was built in just a day –
a few good kicks would turn it to debris,
and yet I think the place must serve up hope.
I’m seated with the rest to seek my share.
A chichería is an unlicensed establishment
selling the indigenous people’s homemade
beer, usually based in corn.