Faith and Fever Dengue fever floats along the river. Capuchin monkeys and clouds alternate domination in the canopy. A caiman opens wide his jaw to release the spirits of the jacanas, basilisks, and anhinga he has eaten. They drift across the water and mingle on the far bank with the Morphos blue as fragments of the sky carried down by rain that nails the forest to the earth and drums upon the heights the quetzal occupies with green fire streaming from his back. His breast is red as the mosquito’s swollen abdomen in the green, green world where conquerors cut paths through lianas, steam and epiphytes finding it impossible among such foliage to tell which leaf is God.
David Chorlton is a longtime resident of Phoenix, who has grown into the desert climate and likes it. Visits to Costa Rica and the rainforest made a significant and vastly contrasting impression on him compared to his usual dry surroundings.