Tona’s Daughter

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Tona, 1992-

‘Do you see it? There! Right there!’ She looks up at the top of a naked tree.

‘Do you want to see my hiding spot?’ she asks whispering, her eyes, a brilliant green, smiling. She pushes aside her mud-pie, stroking her pants as she stands up.

‘You’d need a ticket.’ Here, she hands out two tiny acorns resting on her open palm. Then she leads the way behind a bench and around the park trees. She stops, leans forwards a little, ‘Do you see it? There! Right there!’ She looks up at the top of a naked tree. An intricate bouquet of threadlike brunches draped down from the sky.

‘Isn’t it beautiful?’ she asks.


* Tona, short for Tonenzia. In Aztec mythology and present-day Nahuas refers to mother goddess.

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