Inside Burgos Cathedral
Miriam was in shorts
and tee-shirt
and I nearby


and a woman
next to her
said casa de Dios
Miriam said something


back in Spanish
and the woman
scowled at her
and moved away


muttering in Spanish
under her breath
what did she say?
I asked


Miriam said
the old bat
said this
was the house of God


and that I
was not dressed
I looked


at the woman
who was glaring
at Miriam
what did you


say to her?
I asked
I told her
go wash her fanny


I nodded
and looked
at the glaring
Spanish dame


I spoke no Spanish
but whatever
the dame was muttering
didn't sound


like a blessing
I tried to focus
on the mass
the words(now


in Spanish not Latin)
Miriam folded
her arms
her eyes sharp


as pencils
her red hair
tight curls
smelling of sun oil


and scent
a guy in front
had his eyes closed
muttering a prayer


in Spanish
the priest
at the altar
was colourful


like a beetle
arms out stretched
Miriam whispered
I'll need a drink


after this
and something more
later in the tent
she smiled at me


her eyes bright
and alive
and mischievous
I had lost my way


in the mass
but the beetle priest
was lifting the host
Christ was present


and I bet
the old Spanish dame
was giving Him
the low down


on Miriam
but I knew
He'd understand
His love


was wide and deep
and Miriam and her promises
would have to wait
and keep.


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