Guinée

The presence and importance of women.

By Hilary Braseth - Peace Corps Volunteer, Guinea (2011 - 2014)

They told me it meant woman:

—Guinée—

In this local tongue.

And here,

it makes sense.

Flocks of them,

bright-colored and waltzing,

trekking up mountains,

rocky terrain

heading toward market.

Groups of 5, 8, 10—

babies on backs,

buckets on brains

and marching,

to the beat of their feet,

running their country.


This poem was entered in the returned Volunteer category for the 2015 Peace Corps Poetry Contest. The contest received more than 1,000 submissions, representing over 50 years of Peace Corps service in more than 100 countries.

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