Encounter

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28.02.2021 – Santiago, Chile-Elizabeth Medina

Encounter
Century-old Balete Tree in Negros Occidental. Oldest balete tree in Asia. Author: Lil.aljan Source: Wikimedia Commons

FICTION

Nilang squatted beneath the umbrous shade of an ancient baliti tree. It was high noon and she still had a four-kilometer walk ahead of her to Santa Elena and the parish priest’s house. She carried a tampipi with a few belongings in it and a covered rattan basket with four hens inside. She was barefoot. Around her neck, she wore a scapular on a length of brown cord, softened through years of never removing it, not even when bathing in the river. She removed the kerchief tied around her head and mopped the sweat on her neck, on her upper lip and her temples. She did not look around her but gazed blankly at the ribbon of brown rutted earth stretching out ahead, lush green forest…

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