Category Archives: Museo Zacatecano

Breathless

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“La Sagrada Familia,” artist unknown, Museo Zacatecano Zacatecas, México
 


skipping and prancing
he leaves his parents breathless—
holy child at play

 
Poem © 2016 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Summers

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Detail from a Huichol tapestry, Museo Zacatecano, Zacatecas, México
 


too many summers
since her man took the night train—
plum scent in the wind

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Fruit

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La Virgen Maria, artist unknown, Museo Zacatecano Zacatecas, México
 


fruit of prophecy—
a virgin bears a baby
barn straw scents the night

 
Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Celebrating

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Statue of a young child in the Huichol exhibit, Museo Zacatecano, Zacatecas, México
 


At the festival
celebrating girls and boys
no one waters thorns.

 
Haiku © 2015 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Children’s Day”
 
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Foretold

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La Virgen Maria, artist unknown, Museo Zacatecano Zacatecas, México
 


As it was foretold,
a Virgin bears a baby—
jasmine scents the night.

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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La Divina Pastora

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La Divina Pastora (The Divine Shepherdess), artist unknown, Museo Zacatecano Zacatecas, México
 


 
In her dreams
she gambols with lambs—
white and black.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Holy Shepherdess,
lead us to the rivulet,
where your sheep may drink.

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Graces

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Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, 17th century, Museo Zacatecano Zacatecas, México
 


from the Virgin’s hand
a tsunami of graces
for sinners in need

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Being the Youngest

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Being the youngest,
I am the favorite child—
skip ten thousand steps.

 
Text and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
Photo: Huichol exhibit, Museo Zacatecano Zacatecas, México
 
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The Christ Child at Play

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He skips, he prances,
leaving his parents breathless—
the Christ Child at play.

 
Text and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
Photo: “La Sagrada Familia,” artist unknown, Museo Zacatecano Zacatecas, México
 
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Santa Quiteria

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In the Museo Zacatecano, I am transfixed by a painting of a woman holding her head in her hands—because it has been chopped off. There is no detailed biography, not a paragraph, not even a sentence to tell this woman’s story. Just a name: Santa Quiteria.
 
After I leave the museum, I go online and find out that Quiteria was one of nine girls born at the same time to a noblewoman. Quiteria’s mother was so disgusted at delivering such a large litter, with not a single boy, that she told the midwife to drown them all in the river.
 
The midwife couldn’t do it, and the girls were taken in by a couple (or maybe several couples) in a remote village.
 
The girls grew up together and formed their own Godly Gang of Nine, smashing Roman idols and setting jailed Christians free. Eventually, however, all the sisters died or were killed by the government, Quiteria by beheading.
 

Not for her own sins
Quiteria lost her head,
but sins of others.

 
Text and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
Photo: “Santa Quiteria,” artist unknown, Museo Zacatecano Zacatecas, México
 
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