Rhythm in Words

July 30, 2016

Christina’s World


I wrote this postcard poem during my week at the Writers League of Texas retreat in Alpine, Texas at the Sul Russ State University. In the past, i have always been intrigued by poetry, but lacked the guts to try it out at a higher level. The outcome was a life-changing experience and opened the doors to a life in poetry thanks to my teacher and poet Scott Wiggerman. The inspiration came from a postcard i bought at MoMA of Andrew Wyeth’s 1948 painting titled Christina’s World.


Christina’s  World


There is more solitude here than expected,

even the wind has gone away.

In the empty house I hear your footsteps

but you are not here, my mind is astray.


The green grass is fading into an ochre field,

the gray sky mingles with my blurred thoughts

of anguish and desire. I yearn for you my love.


That pink dress you gave me

fades each day you are not here.

This vast confinement chokes me

Oh how I long for you my dear.



Nydia O. Tapia – Gonzales

July 2016

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Nydia O
A bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.-Maya Angelou. La Vida Valle is where I write about "la vida" my life in the Rio Grande Valley. From this bi-cultural corner on the tip of Texas, I share my poems and my spiritual and travel experiences. I also blog about the arts, nature and my passion for historic preservation and architecture. But most importantly, let's talk about "la vida" - living our lives - in a vacation state of mind. Contributions and comments are always welcome .

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