James Cervantes retired from teaching two years ago and lives half the year in San Miguel de Alllende. His latest book is Temporary Meaning (Hamilton Stone Editions, 2006).
This from those who drove out
to see the others drive their cars
around the church, up and down
the road in front, the one out back,
back and forth the roads on the sides
until worship ended and the girls came out
sweaty from hallelujahs. Each driver
beckoned one into a car and drove her out
not too far where the woods thickened
and they could park so that no car
was within sight of another. Then sound
took over and what they said they heard
was birthing and the spirit spilling forth.