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Cancun Triptych


Full moon
filled with the ocean
does not fall & fish do not drown
Yellow-faced vultures
two by two
drag the wind like wet towels
over straw roofs capped by rain clouds
The Yucatan peninsula
with a twist of rice & black beans
reveals the many faces of quetzal
the feathered serpent
for whom the jungle pulsates &
heaves three rivers of mangroves
like veils across the sun
For centuries
zultanite green eyes of jaguars
battle darkness and reinvent the dawn
each morning



Tired mangroves
close liquid azul eyelids
Green iguanas sleep hardly breathing
The swamp yields
malachite shoulders of pelicans
& leans
into the amber hour
just as the sun sets sail
like a Mayan feathered serpent
chasing catamaran clouds



At the jaguar crossing
on the main road
we imagine an opalescent shadow
moving in mangroves
where the serpentine heat
flicks its lusty tail
The yellow street sign
with the jaguar drawing
stirs the hieroglyphic deity
wrestling night terrors
reviving the sun
& melting our vision
each morning


Silvia Scheibli Cancun and Arizona



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