This triptych poem was written for this week’s Totally Optional Prompt, which is “expectations”. Though I am not Catholic, I have long been fascinated by the story behind the Virgin of Guadalupe (known as Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe or Virgen de Guadalupe, and where I work, I have seen several depictions of this apparition of Mary in artwork, which inspired me to write this poem. Enjoy.
|yellow roses||in the desert||December’s surprise|
|I take them||mockeries of||common sense|
|from this hill||a frozen desert dream||is shattered|
|her imprint||burned in||my back|
|in cloth||a sudden, shining miracle||carries her testimony|
|sings her Gift||an embrace||hotter than ten million suns|
|Madre de Dios||Madre de Dios||Madre de Dios|
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