Written for:  Carpe Diem #1427 – Huanca
The Huanca are a Quechua people living in the Junín Region of central Peru, in and around the Mantaro Valley. At around 500 BC, they were incorporated into the Wari Empire. Despite efforts to defend its independence, the Huancas were eventually subdued by the Inca leader Pachacutec in 1460 and the region was incorporated into the Inca empire. It subsequently became a notable stopping point along the Inca Camino Real (one of the main roads of the Inca empire).

Alpaca blessing ceremony by a Huanca Shaman

Alpaca blessing ceremony by a Huanca Shaman

new life’s promise
spit drips from my face
Alpaca blessing

© Chèvrefeuille (our host)

Here is my attempt:

in a new country
adapting to strange customs
keeping a piece of home

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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