You who have been to Venezuela, sailed
the Orinoco in a paddle-boat,
the Lagoon of Maracaibo by canoe,
discovering the far recesses of
flamingo sanctuaries in the reeds,
the thickets and the marshes where the bays
color at twilight to the jungle shore
as if Orozco spattered on the floor
the brilliant sables and the pots of ore
that leaked into the oceans from his door;