Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Song of Mexico

Children busking in Patzcuaro.

It was yesterday
that someone asked me
if I thought that there was
something different about Mexico.
I said that when one
gets off the plane
and actually listens carefully
they could hear a muted duet
carried by the wind.

The female vocal weaves
a soft, seductive song
that gently gets a hold of your heart,
a hold that you do not want broken.
She plants a warm, tender kiss on your soul
and you are on your way
to a love for eternity.

Then, welling up from the background
is the male vocalist arousing that inner spirit
which you have kept quiet all of your life.
You suddenly want to become an adventurer, an explorer.
To become one with the natives
and reach for the freedom
you've seldom had
in your existence.

One half of the duet creates a drive
to be the lover that you have always wanted to be,
and the other half gives you the courage
to seek out the things that you had once dreamed possible
and dared not strive for.
Yes, you can do that!
Yes, you can be that!
Yes, dammit! You can find that niche
all of your own in this world.

As the two voices seem to spiral upward
so does your entire being.
My friend, mi amigo, this is your song
and if you listen to it, this is your world.
Welcome, my friend, to Mexico. Our Mexico!
And now... your Mexico.


— Walt Rondeau


An old heart and a new voice, Walt Rondeau brings a touch of whimsy with folk tales that amuse and enlighten children of all ages. The Song of Mexico is one of Walt's selections in Take Two: Another Anthology of English Writing from the Costalegre where it appears in a slightly different form.