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Memory of Mexico


The Art of David Wiley


Mnemonic Strategies

Weathered boards, nailed to poles,

provide a starting place,

even though the letters are gone.

This is historical property

and maybe the pebbles underfoot

have once been walked upon

by Tamerlane or Ghengis Khan.


Where now are those ancient valleys

unlimbered on maps of the mind,

where powerful fountains disperse the news

and flags disappear in cerulean skies?


There along the crest of the hill

where the fabulous Mamelukes waited

silhouettes of a new iron age,

heartless, growling and blind,

thoughtlessly crawl along the road.


Though the roadside walkers never wave

and the path itself is mute,

the oak leaves dancing by the stream

bear a message as old as eyes.

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David Wiley painter-poet: graduate of U. Kansas; studied at Mexico City College and with artist Ignacio Belen in Barcelona. Widely traveled, he exhibits throughout California and abroad. Wiley has published two volumes of poetry: Designs for a Utopian Zoo (1992) and The Face of Creation (1996). Since 2005, Wiley has received large mural commissions in Arizona, Mexico and California. Wiley is a longtime contributor to Scene4: paintings, poems, meditations on art, creative non-fiction.
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