Bush Pig

 Inspired by a video

The Bush Pig masker
in this market day performance
charges toward his audience,
kicks up a shroud of dust,
then turns away and flops
down abruptly on the ground
complete with an irascible attitude
that quivers to the tips of his ivory tusks.

I am amazed to see this actor
on the earthen stage in Africa
portray the pig so well
that I can divine his art
from but moments of video images
transported to the white wall
of the MSU Museum,
separated by an ocean, mountains,
and further divided by
rivers of culture.

Fran Lewis

Image of Mask
        Mossi warthog or bush pig mask, Burkina Faso.
        Photo by Julie Avery, MSU Museum Collections.

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