Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission, Yuma, Arizona
Languid autumn afternoon—
does she know a loss is coming,
a loss so devastating
that longing to die will consume her days?
After it happens,
there will be no going back.
He hinted at this, the angel,
who told her she was exceptional
If only she could see the outline
of some small joy beyond what she will suffer,
then she could bear what is to come