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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

Virgin in disguise
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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Hush

Anado's Wine Bottle Virgin
Virgin of Guadalupe by artist Anado McLauchlin, La Cieneguita, Guanajuato, México
 


at the backyard shrine
even the crows hold their tongues—
hush of holiness

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Sanctum

Virgin of the Bathroom
La Virgen de Guadalupe in the bathroom of artist Anado McLauchlin, La Cieneguita, Guanajuato, México
 


Beauty shines in an inner sanctum.

 
Text © 2016 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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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
 
 
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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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Mask

Mask at Anado's
 
Mask on outside wall, home of artist Anado McLauchlin, La Cieneguita, Guanajuato, México
 


a frisson of fear—
remembering the fierce mask
on her neighbor’s wall

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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