Pantoum of the Peace Corps Volunteer

You know you’re a Peace Corps Volunteer when…

You know you’re a Peace Corps Volunteer when
you wait for someone to show, but “fijese que…”
and on the way back you get hollered at by untrustworthy men.
But still you truck on until the next day.

You wait for someone to show, but fijese que
she forgot to tell you she was comprometida.
But still you truck on.  Until the next day,
when you give a charla about VIH/sida

and one girl that is comprometida
realizes her hombre has another mujer.
When you gave the charla about VIH/sida,
her eyes spoke to you, though she didn’t dare

por pena. When an hombre has another mujer
there’s only so much a Volunteer can do.
Their eyes speak to you, though they don’t dare
disclose their secrets; it’s best if no one knew.

There’s only so much a Volunteer can do
to integrate into the fabric of a community.
You could disclose your secrets, but it’s best if no one knew
of your own small eccentricities.

To integrate into the fabric of a community,
must you wipe yourself clean of all that was you?
Of your own small eccentricities,
it’s likely that the community already knew

you were different. You could give up, but you truck on instead.
You know you’re a Peace Corps Volunteer when
you feel a wave of acceptance wash over your head,
but on the way back, you still get hollered at by untrustworthy men.

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2 Responses to Pantoum of the Peace Corps Volunteer

  1. Larry says:

    It’s never too early to consider the Third Goal! You might wish to check-out Peace Corps Experience: Write & Publish Your Memoir.

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  2. PCV Training says:

    Thanks for publish this blog it can help in get the online PVC training.

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