Monday, December 12, 2016

I Call Her Esperanza

photo © Mark Butkus 2012
The Virgin of Guadalupe is celebrated on December 12.

I do not know anything but that slow
fall aurora over the world and
all the things my love contemplates;
lilies beneath pillow dreams
when rain sounds and
images peek into
all the beings who once were trees.
There is only a day given to me,
a brush stroke,
a turn from pain.
I cross my heart and her blessed fingers
cover mine with serenity.


— Pamela Sayers


An artist by profession, the poetry of Pamela Sayers is in part inspired by Mexico. Now living in Puebla, the former New Yorker teaches English while absorbing the local culture.

As a fan of Pamela's poetry we recently visited her website — wordsandthoughtspjs — looking for Christmas inspiration. What we found instead was divine inspiration in her poem, I Call Her Esperanza. A poem that befits the Virgin of Guadalupe who is honored December 12th in Mexico.

One of Pamela's previous contributions to the Bar None site, Water, Wings and Alliterated Wishes sat atop our Hall of Fame for most of 2015 as the most read submission within the Bar None Group pages. It remains one of our most read offerings as we turn the page on 2016.

I Call Her Esperanza is reprinted here with the author's permission.