Lavender Soap

San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico


The smell of lavender soap

rises to greet to morning air

as moppers splash suds

from hundreds of wash buckets

onto rollercoaster sidewalks

in front of as many shops,

some pausing a momentito

to let a pedestrian by

or returning a passing “Buenos,”

others too intent on their task

of scrubbing clean the already

clean stones worn smooth

by a century of footsteps

and scrubbing, wielding

their mops with reverence,

their work more ritual

than mere quotidian chore.


Copyright 2016

T. Allen Culpepper

Layers of a Central Mexican Landscape

On top, a wide azul sky,

atop puffy clouds of grey-white cotton,

floating over blue-green hills

sheltering houses tan and buff, turquoise or rose,

maybe a mustard yellow;

in front of them the scruffy shrubs and needled cacti

rising from the neutral earth.


Copyright 2016

T. Allen Culpepper