Friday, February 23, 2018

SHELTER IN PLACE



In the shelter
shelter of a thought

In the shelter
of a gaze

Who watches?

In the shelter
shelter of your arms

In the shelter
of your heart

Who watches?

In the shelter
rooms & shadows

In the shelter
doorways
alleys

Who watches
watches over you?

In the shelter
words & phrases

In the shelter
silence
breath

In the shelter
life & death

Who watches
who watches
who watches
over you?

RW
Seattle
2/23/2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Last Post from Guanajuato


HACIENDA SAN GABRIEL DE BARRERA
(construction completed in the late 1600’s by the owner of the Valenciana Mine)

Ground Floor

Resident shadows
sombras residentes

Rooms where even the young are old

Rooms haunted by martyrs and the ever suffering Christ

Sex haunted

Haunted by whimpering

And all the secrets money can buy.

Family Quarters
second floor

Windows
dust motes in slanted light

Opulence
gold & silver & lace

Unbloodied portraits
la familia

Bright footsteps and chatter

All the comfort money can buy.

The Grounds

Ablaze
sun and color
exotica

Sparrows Doves
Fountains

Saint Francis and The Virgin
forgiving sins

All the garden money can buy.

The Chapel

The sad and private chapel

Miners
trapped
in the gold
encrusted
on the altar

and

all the dark voices
voces oscuras

Money
can”t
buy.

RW
Guanajuato, Mex.
14 February 2018

Sunday, February 4, 2018

THE INCONSISTENCY OF STARS




THE INCONSISTENCY OF STARS
     (for our friend Chris Holmes)

It’s not uncommon to think of someone you haven’t seen or heard from in awhile.

It’s not unusual to wonder about their mortality, especially if their health was known to be fragile.

It’s not even uncommon to find out the person had died on or about the time he or she had been in your thoughts.

It’s that moment of knowing a phone call is coming, and who is calling, just before the ring.

It’s easy to make up reasons for the so-called coincidence, or call it enlightened guess-work, but we like best to imagine we are connected in ways beyond happenstance.

We like to think blood is electric

That love and friendship are currents in the continuum

That the ocean of time bathes us in common

And that our humanity is the great connector.

We’d like to believe candles make a difference, prayers are answered, wishes were horses, and our loved ones reach to us through the galaxies.

Believe
what we will

We are

Temporal
&
Forever

&

know

very

little.

RW
Guanajuato City
February 4, 2018



Friday, February 2, 2018



PLAZA MEXIAMORA
Guanajuato City

After days
of clouds
wind & cold

Sun, by gum!

And
The Old Gringo
on a bench
catching rays.

Lunch time for the escuela

Mexiamora chock full of kids
padres
y abuelos
sharing tortas
and tossing crumbs
to the ever-famished-feathered.

This
is
Heaven

Around & Within

Cielo en la Tierra

Tranquil
y
Feliz

until

BANG - SUGAR TIME

La Fiesta de Azucar

The
air
is
a
piƱata

!!!

Heaven
in
high-gear

!!

¿ Y Como No ?

¿ Como No ?

This too shall pass.



RW
2 Feb 2018
Guanajuato

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Juicio de un Pecador
(Judgement of a Sinner)

In this painting
a black woman
chained
at
wrists and ankles
is being dragged
off the edge of earth
into
hell.

Behind her
skeletal death
raises its sythe
and grins

to the right
an angel holds
an open book
and weeps

to the left
and slightly behind
another angel
strikes a bell
with
a
small hammer

and
to the far left
a
pointed eared
horned and winged
demon
unscrolls
her
multitude
of
sins.

Below
snarling dogs
hell snakes
and
demons
uglier
than
dogs or snakes
pull
her
forward
closer closer
to
the
pit.

Above the naked sinner
the hidden hand of God
holds
the 

t
h
r
e
a
d

of a
chance

tied
to her

neck.

Marginalia:  a winged hour glass hovers in 
the far right corner.


Monday, January 29, 2018


A PRAYER FOR YOUR OWN FAVORITE AUNTIE

Imagine
your own
favorite auntie

Lost in her Rosary

Stepping around cobblestones

Her broken voice
earning her a few pesetas
and carrying her
down a mountain
to a small room
and a little sleep.

Merciful One
may your heart
rest over hers

This world is hard
and she is old.

Her name is





(shutterstock photo w/no attribution)


Saturday, January 27, 2018

THREE VIRGINS #3

Virgen de la Paloma

In this picture
the Virgin
is
surrounded
by
soft colors
and
light.

She
is
middle-aged
half-smiling
and
double-chinned.

Her
skin
is
soft and smooth.

She
is
crowned
with
laurel and flowers.

There
are
twenty pearls
at
her throat
a
floral brooch
pinned
at
her
neckline.

Her
frock
is rose.

She
is
draped
in 
a blue
and
star-studded
robe.

A
hummingbird
in a
flash
of
golden light
is
embroidered
at
her
breast.

She
cradles
a
bundle
of
Madonna Lillies
(flor de azucena)
and
sits
in
clouds
looking
at
you.