Colors of Embera

Green, yellow, tan
the river flowing strong
rising and growing
with the afternoon rain

Pink and yellow
fruit tart and sweet
papaya soft to the bite
pineapple fresh from the jungle

Blue and brown
colors unusual for my skin
traditional stripes of tattoo
dirt and mud between my toes

Deep, dark brown
the eyes that sparkle
the long hair that shines
from the beautiful village children

Rich, bright green
plants drinking in the rain
trees dripping, satisfied
the jungle is fresh and alive

Red, blue, green
the guanacos of the men
and skirts of the women
over their smooth, brown skin

Red, white, and blue
small hands hold the flag high
little voices sing proudly
of independence of Panama

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