Category Archives: San Miguel de Allende

When I was a girl

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A mural on a house in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


When I was a girl
I wanted to be someone’s wife,
washing his dirty clothes,
then hanging them out to dry
on leafless bamboo poles.
But the day I saw a blackbird
in the backyard bath,
its eyes aflame with fire,
I felt within my skin a stirring
to make paintings
envied by both monk and nun.
Now masked, with brush in hand,
I steal out every night
to splash the darkened city walls
with light, and then more light.

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Sunday’s Whirligig #120
 
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Blue Monday: Banderas

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A street festooned with blue banderas, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


What’s a celebration without a flag or two?
It really doesn’t matter if they’re red or blue,
As long as they can flutter high above the street,
While the people down below laugh and drink and eat.

 
Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
 

The middle child

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Section of a mural in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México

 
 

The middle child,
feeling lost and upset,
goes for treatment
one day a week.
In the waiting room,
her older brother
chants nursery rhymes
and tells stories
in a vain attempt
to comfort her.
“Wait till you see the lunches
they serve at school next week,”
he says.
“Seven kinds of ice cream!”
But the disconsolate middle child
cares nothing for ice cream lunches.
All she wants is to rise up
out of her wheelchair
and walk.

 

Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
   
More Sunday’s Whirligig #117
   
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I hold her close

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Mother and child out for an early morning stroll, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 

I hold her close, this daughter of mine,
I hold her close to my heart.
Lest something evil tear her away,
Or even tear her apart.
 
The pangs I endured when she was born
Were nothing to me, for love
Hopes and endures and believes all things,
Empowered by God above.

 
Poem © 2017 and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Childbirth”

Prayer for My Daughter

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A wall hanging depicting an indigenous mother and her daughter, Fábrica La Aurora, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


The day of her birth was six years ago—
How quickly my daughter has grown!
The fruit of my womb is graceful and fair—
I’m happy to call her my own!
 
I pray for this child, the fruit of my womb,
I pray for her both night and day;
I ask that the gods will grant her the strength
To follow a right and true way.

 
Poem © 2017 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Childbirth”

Consolations

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Detail from a tiny triptych at Fábrica La Aurora, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
The painting itself is about the size of a U.S. quarter-dollar coin.
 


on the pilgrim way
a mother’s consolations
and the piercing thorns

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Haiku My Heart and Twelve Days of Mary at Recuerda Mi Corazon

Single

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Mother and child, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


A single mother,
feeling hard stares from the crowd,
hurries far away.

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Social Stigma”

Blues

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Wayside shrine, the Virgin of Guadalupe, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


Does Mary ever sing the blues?

 
Text © 2016 and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Hunter

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A narrow street (callejon) lined with shops, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


souvenir hunter
hoping to find a bargain
before 10 a.m.

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon

Searching

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A vaquero searching for his cattle, El Charco del Ingenio conservation area, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


searching for lost calves
and hoping he finds them soon—
a lone vaquero

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
  
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