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

Written 11/11/08
© 2008 Nicole Nicholson. All Rights Reserved.


About ravenswingpoetry

I am a 38 year old writer from Columbus, OH and the creator of Raven's Wing Poetry. I am a poet, seeker, fellow traveler, and autistic.
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7 Responses to Guadalupe

  1. Tumblewords says:

    Interesting form which works very well here!

  2. Linda Jacobs says:

    It reads effectively both across and down! Excellent use of words!

  3. Brilliant as ever! I love the way you do this!

  4. Stan Ski says:

    Not for the first time, an impressive piece.

  5. Interesting–I was raised Catholic, so it is especially meaningful to me. I am NOT “doctrinaire” any more, but still am fascinated with miracle/sacraments of the RC Church.
    Thank you–I just sent you an e-mail regarding your PSH Poet Of The Week!

  6. Thank you, everyone, for your compliments and kind words.

    I did not grow up RC, but I have known a lot of people in my life who were RC and I work at a RC seminary full time. I am surrounded, of course, by the artifacts and theology of Catholicsm. I grew up Protestant, Church of God actually, and find the differences and similarities fascinating. I also grew up in Arizona, namely Phoenix and Flagstaff, and knew many Mexican children at the schools I went to and in my neighbor hood. So you could say at different points and in different doses, I have been exposed…and out of all of the stories of faith, I have been the most fascinated with this one, and I find the artistic portrayals of the Virgin of Guadalupe quite beautiful.

    Thanks, everyone, for stopping by.


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