CORAZON Y OJOS QUE VEN / EYES AND HEART THAT CAN SEE FROM THE SAHARA TO MEXICO

The Shepherd

 

The shepherd by Daniel Malka
© copyright 2011 daniel malka all rights reserved

An old man, blue bag in hand, is walking down the road.
We stop and offer him a ride.
He sits silently next to me staring straight ahead.
I start chatting with him thanks to Momo’s help.
He was going to walk to the next town, twenty kilometers away.

He is a shepherd,
On a forty kilometer journey going to buy food for his sheep.
Father of eight, some very young, he explains, smiling proudly.
I guess he isn’t as old as he appears.
I tell him I only have one child, he looks at me puzzled;
With reason.

I do his portrait.
He stands as noble and humble as a Berber man can be.
We shared an instant from some forgotten time,
When values were above all human.

I am a shepherd, camera in hand, father of one,
On the same humble journey
As the noble man from Tinghir.

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