Two Poems

by Terrence Sykes


I’d never been south of the border
before my recent journey
I am an American

dyslexically & geographically
confused after crossing
the Rio Grande

Somehow I found myself
on Highway BR-111 seeking
compassless destinations

Lost upon
the Rio Plata
broke in Montevideo

With this postage due note
I regret to inform you
they’ll be shall be no

postcards from Paraguay


Mariachi Jesus

While waiting for his apostles disciples
& followers to believe
over that long three day weekend
he took off to a little rest & siesta
in a little sleepy  Yucatan peninsula village
by the sea & conjured up good crisp whites
to go with the local fresh catches of the day
in the little café where he stayed day & night
playing & singing in a little mariachi band
& being the first Mexican Jesus
in that little eight piece combo
he was getting a great tan
& having so much fun he lost track of time
then realizing he has to make haste
gathering unleavened tacos & sangria
& on the long journey home
he learned to rock n roll

Terrence Sykes was born and raised in the rural coal mining area of Virginia. This isolation brings the theme of remembrance to his creations, whether real or imagined. Though not traditional in his spiritual path, these traditional threads of his past are woven into his tapestry of writing. His poetry- photography – flash fiction  has been published in India, Mauritius,Scotland, Spain and the USA

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