AMP. Always Electric.

Volume 1, No. 1

Hot Oatmeal and Wool Caps

I say:

You play the panpipe for the sheep.
You feed them hot oatmeal.
You weave them wool caps with red and blue tassels.
You whisper and laugh with them.
Why do you pamper them so?

The shepherd says:

In Peru, my homeland
high in the Andes, our sheep thrive.
We treat them with delicate care:
hot food, wool caps, conversation, serenades.
The owners here in Nevada do not believe
in song.

I say:

I know Anglo owners.
They care only about profits, nothing else.
Happy sheep? Sad sheep? They don’t give a damn.
They hate your excesses, how you indulge the sheep.
They say you’ve lived among them far too long.

The shepherd says:

I do live with my sheep, know
their names, their sorrow, their joy.
They are creatures, like us.
I whisper my secrets to them
and they whisper theirs to me.

Renato Rosaldo

Renato Rosaldo has published three books of poetry, Prayer to Spider Woman / Rezo a la mujer araña (winner of the American Book Award, 2004), Diego Luna's Insider Tips (Many Mountains Moving, 2012), and The Day of Shelly's Death (Duke University Press, 2014).