Wedding Day


On a self-guided tour of the Ex-Convento de Guadalupe, I am startled by a sudden blast of live mariachi music. I step into a little glassed-in alcove on the second floor, where I look down into the cathedral on a wedding in progress.
Would it be a sin for me to stay until the nuptials end?
Clad in jeans and sneakers, I am hardly dressed for a wedding. (Stiletto heels on cobblestones are killers.) I feel as though I’m reliving the biblical parable about the guy who shows up at a royal wedding without the proper attire. The king is offended, and orders the intruder to be thrown out into the darkness where “there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (You can read the parable in Matthew 22.)
For at least forty-five minutes, I hover near the entrance to the cathedral, waiting for the bride and groom. No one tells me to leave, so I reach into my pocket for my camera.

bride and groom appear
twelve sparrows in the courtyard
chattering blessings

Text and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
Photo: Ex-Convento de Guadalupe, Guadalupe, Zacatecas, México
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Posted on February 15, 2012, in Guadalupe, haibun, Mexico, REDnesday, Ruby Tuesday 2, The Haiku Challenge 2012, Zacatecas. Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. Oh My God.. You wrote it beautifully, that’s a great click and it worth the wait..

  2. Nice story…I like the sparrows chattering blessings ~

  3. What a beautiful story…and the sparrows chattering blessings…some times there are unexpected moments that the universe just wants you to partake in

  4. Nice story, for sure one with a smile. Wonderful picture and nice haiku.

  5. This is a beautiful story and I love the sparrows chattering blessings. Love your haiku.

  6. What a great story! Did anyone ever notice you?

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      I think the bride finally figured out that I was popping up all over the courtyard, right behind her photographer!

  7. AWESOME patience and story for us. I am going to try heels on cobblestones!

    Smiling big time,


  8. Nice story and a beautiful haiku 🙂

  9. Phew, …and when the pie was opened, the birds began to sing….

  10. You made a great story out of this. And the haiku is charming.

  11. What a lovely story this is! I just LOVED the haiku! 🙂 ❤

  12. DEEE – Lightful story … thank you for sharing!

  13. beautiful wedding, wish them both happiness 🙂 Visiting from Ruby Tuesday2, hope that you can return the visit too.

  14. That’s awesome! You haven’t by any chance heard Click Click Click by Bishop Allen, have you?

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