Sounds in the Air

Photo by Antonio Ramblés

Photo by Antonio Ramblés

The sounds of labor permeate the air, where life is handmade, pleasure and pain mixed with laughter and tears; crafting the everyday struggle to survive.

Sonidos en el aire

reshaping, restraining earth

life on the surface


It’s all about flesh and stone.


Hacking away

at a hunk of wood

or a root that clings to the earth,

chipping away

at a stone foundation,

digging a hole

in a cobblestone path


it’s the earth bending

            to the worker’s wrath

the hammering sound

of sweating palms,

in a slow tango with women

cleaning cloth on a rock, 

men cleaving wood,





dragging behind them,

on loan from the universe,

the burden they were born with


that separates the upper

and lower half,

with no in-between

of what has always been

and will,

for the unforeseeable future,


sonidos en el aire 

of today’s labor,


on a next day’s meal

The photography focuses on Lake Chapala and the surrounding villages that include Ajijic, Chapala, Jocotepec an so much more.  In addition to my pics many have been contributed by Antonio Ramblés  . Visit Antonio Ramblés travels blog at

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