Poem by John Catling (UK)
Published in Issue 31 (August 2013).
Wending wearily to work,
Or the shops…
Or who knows where…?
Barely visible slumbering babies…
…closely cosseted to mothers
while suckling from the breast.
Infant children still half asleep
on their way to school;
Books and other personal treasures
in bags on their backs;
Tiny lunch boxes clutched in hand.
Ladies, amazingly skillful,
applying mascara and
curling their eyelashes…
…over the edge of a dessert spoon
borrowed from the kitchen drawer!
… such a delicate task while
being jostled and jerked
in the seats of these bone-shaking
…and amazingly accomplished smudge free!
Lovely olive skins
made translucent with powder…
from the mirrored compact…
And new black ainted eyebrows
Replace those plucked away…
…one wonders why!
As the Crucifix swings…
From the rear-view mirror,
…as in a dance
by the raucous never-ending pop
blaring from the speakers
hanging so precariously from the roof.
El Caminero at last!
My destination awaits!
A difficult struggle ensues…
Several essential “con permiso´s”
But I reach the exit and successfully jump off
only seconds before the vehicle lurches
into the next leg of its journey to Estadio Azteca.
A chore? A ritual?
For some of course! But not for me…
… it´s an exciting adventure…
Repeated and enjoyed
again and again
in this vibrant city which is DF!
John is a retired Auctioneer and Estate Agent hailing from the Cotswolds in England. He moved to Mexico DF two years ago with his partner Mark to undertake a new adventure in what he has found to be a truly rich and exciting country. Part of his adventures has involved developing the skill of using the various public transport systems of Mexico City, and particularly the peseros which in themselves produced a mini adventure on each journey. Never having written poetry or prose before, but being an avid watcher of people, he was moved to write a piece on his experiences and observations, entitled Pesero Personas... a project inspired by a visit to one of the monthly Poetry evenings organised by Jack Little of the Ofi Press.
Although now returning to England, he not only hopes to continue with writing but also that he will have an opportunity to return to Latin America and particularly Mexico City in the future.