Image from Anthropoid website.
A tia gives limpias and embroiders magic. A short play published in late December, “Ruda,” an experimental play inside a litany of remedios.
Many thanks to Melissa Sipin-Gabon for this opportunity.
TÍA: Someone gave you mal de ojo.
CHATA: A cabron. Why?
TÍA: Why else? Because they’re jealous.
CHATA: Of what?
TÍA: Ay mija. Everything. Your godmother especially.
CHATA: (Disappointed, but not surprised) So what do I do?
TÍA: Come. [Tía walks out to her small, raised bed garden. Chata follows as Tía picks rosemary and rue stems. The light outside is bright. They walk back inside.]
We’re gonna pray.