Virginia Maria Romero ~ Poet/Artist
Poem “Tecuauhtlacuepeuh” For Hector Telles (1940-2009)
She who comes flying from the “Region of Light” like an “Eagle of Fire”
Your words, now unspoken,
they tell a story of desert landscapes...
etched by harsh winds
upon faces that speak your name…
calls from the mountaintop
like an “Eagle of Fire….
Virginia’s artwork exemplifies the meaning to the words of her poetry, mirroring the shamanic spiritual essence of belief and behavior. Her poems are often tributes, to Earth Mother, Keith Wilson, and now Hector Telles, that reflects the Native American’s traditional hunter’s prayer to the animal spirit freshly killed for food. A tribute to the passing spirit into the spirit world, also home to the Grandfathers. But that’s another story. Again, this poem is written in free verse, and without being lengthy, conveys the message of spiritual connection and awakening.
The meaning of Tecuauhtlacuepeuh was derived from the Nahuatl word for apparition. Tecuauhtlacuepeuh, when pronounced sounds much like the Muslim Spanish Madonna "Our Lady of Guadalupe". A verbal exchange took place in 1531 when Juan Diego professed having seen miracles by a woman bedecked in Blue, Gold and Rose, urging him to go speak to the local Bishop in Tepeyac urging him to build a shrine to her on the very place of the fallen goddess Tonantzin, which Juan did. But only on the third attempt did he succeed, with the help of the miracle Tecuauhtlacuepeuh is said to have performed, by having Juan gather Castilian Roses, which didn’t grow in that climate, which he placed in his tilma before returning to see the Bishop. Upon unfolding his tilma before the Bishop they saw ”that emblazoned on the front was a beautiful olive skin lady and the miraculous blossoms laying at her feet.”
I would note here that the artwork of “Our Lady of Guadalupe” is of Muslim Spanish origins, elevated to Mexican Catholicism, interlinked with Native American Shamanism poetry. Not that it doesn’t work. I works rather well, as the two art panels at top attest to. Even in the philosophical sense, the elements vary in source origins yet share the common link of spiritual elevation and purity. Kudos to Virginia for bringing it all together into a beautiful bouquet.