The windows rattled but I was not shook;
Your strong arms, my protection.
Reminded of your house’s strong foundation;
I settled in to the kiss of rain’s affection.

As the waves crashed in this Cabo Corrientes cove,
We found our own native rhythm.
Skin to skin we crackled;
Was it the lightning or him?

You drug the boat back into the southernmost (of Bahía de Banderas)
In the calm of the morning light.
We headed toward the rainbow;
God’s blessing, our delight.

~ Just L (October 26, 2018)

Yelapa, Mexico, as we were alerted of Willa’s approach. Video courtesy of Romeo Tovar Chavarin.

Author’s Note: My great niece, Willa, turned 1 this month. Coincidence?

Inspiring Art

She appeared in the doorway as if the wind had blown her onto my blank canvas all at once in full color. Soaked from rain’s song. Shaking her head and laughing wildly. She was unaware of her crackling impact on the still inside air. Surprisingly refreshing like a summer storm. Embracing Nature. Inspiring art.

~Just L (June 25, 2018)

A Storm Rises

A storm rises
From the raging sea;

Are they aware of the crackling in the air,
Or are they only aware of the electricity between them?

Waves crash against the sand,
But they do not drown;

In water.

~Just L (March 2, 2017)

Unseasonably Hot

NaPoWriMo Day 16: Today, I challenge you to fill out, in no more than five minutes, the following “Almanac Questionnaire,” which solicits concrete details about a specific place (real or imagined). Then write a poem incorporating or based on one or more of your answers. Happy writing!

A powerful storm produced piles of agates, three buckets of beers, and 8 inches of love. The pounding waves destroyed the sandy beach, stole my flip flops, and raged, “Go home, you’re drunk.”

~Just L (April 16, 2016)

Almanac Questionnaire

Weather: Marine layer
Flora: Hanging pots of Bouganvilla, heavenly morning glories, and Jade vines
Architecture: Spanish Colonial
Customs: Catholic
Mammals/reptiles/fish: Yellowfin Tuna, Marlin, Sailfish
Childhood dream: To be an ex-pat and author
Found on the Street: Market vendors
Export: Tequila
Graffiti: Murals
Lover: Latin, duh.
Conspiracy: Government corruption
Dress: White cotton embroidered dresses
Hometown memory: Trees touching across the street
Notable person: Lady of Guadalupe
Outside your window, you find: Bay of Banderas
Today’s news headline: El Nino Delays Whales
Scrap from a letter: With you, all my love goes away
Animal from a myth: Mermaids
Story read to children at night: Goodnight Moon
You walk three minutes down an alley and you find: A thrown out piece of furniture to be restored
You walk to the border and hear: “chiclet chiclet….”
What you fear: Being too fierce and bold for any one man to love forever
Picture on your city’s postcard: Cathedral