“a borrowing of bones” is my latest collection published first on WordPress in 2015, focusing on the Village of Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico. –Disfrutar
Ajijic is a small village nestled on the north shore of Lake Chapala, Mexico’s largest lake, and surrounded by the Sierra Madres, it is a world onto itself, where behind the walls, windows and doors are always open and welcoming. After visiting, it was only a matter of time before returning to what is now, home.
walking through the
village: life as I’ve known it,
now, never the same
A cascade of efflorescence adorns
the rustic brick wall beyond which, 3K miles north,
a lifetime of dubious intention waits on my return.
In the moment, I am captured under the delicate
brilliance of a canopy of bougainvillea,
the color of my lover’s lips. Momentarily
an alien on another planet.
Nothing grows that seemingly hasn’t been here
forever, with a fragrance of life so delightful
as to buffer the external myth of having been
trapped in a never ending ascension of regret.
Outside these walls, here nothing seems
out of place in a chaos of color, light, texture;
a wheelbarrow of raw fish, dogshit on the curb,
the harmonious shattering of speakers blaring
down the streets, hooves on cobblestone, all
competing for the byways and airwaves.
A contentment of life on a stone surface,
below which, survival rules natural, inherited,
spirited. Here light reflects on the fabric of the soul.
I sit silently, listening, reveling in the moment,
wanting to wave a magic wand, and have
this place, this space I stumbled on
wrap it’s arms around me and never let go.
Having had a glimpse of life in the slow lane,
I left a trail of dying marigolds behind me.
It took a lifetime to return to this haven,
this temperate and congruous village
I now call home. After cutting the plastic
umbilical cord, leaving nothing behind
but heartstrings, with the seasons passing,
there is no going back, for here,
surrounded by life, is where
my bones have come to rest.
The photography focuses on Lake Chapala and the surrounding villages that include Ajijic, Chapala, Jocotapec an so much more. In addition to my pics many have been contributed by Antonio Ramblés . Visit Antonio Ramblés travels blog at www.antoniorambles.com