For Angels on Motorbikes by Marina Muhlfriedel

Two haiku for spring, both winners of Golden Triangle DC’s Golden Haiku Contest, and the debut of “For Angels on Motorbikes” by Marina Muhlfriedel.

For Angels on Motorbikes

Me and the Virgin Mary stepped out for a cigarette.
Hadn’t seen one another in years.
Cara, she asked with that same serene smile,
y’keeping well?

I’m so damn sorry about your boy.

You know
I know
just how you feel.

She embraced me and I sank
into that shadowy time.
Forever invoking the immortal grief
of Michelangelo’s Pieta.
A young son draped
like a napkin of tragedy
across his mother’s lap.


We know what it is to touch a place so deep,
one can no longer breathe,
she whispered.

When that elevator descends
without an end,
reach for me.

Cara, she said, extending those perfect chiseled hands,
I’ll be there to care for you.
To show you the way back up.

A gasp of divine air
thawed my paralytic lungs.

Me and the Virgin Mary crossed paths at the Piazza Navona,
I offered her my apricot gelato.
We strolled all the way to the coliseum
celebrating a thousand anniversaries.

Across the ages, across generations
All those newborns with the promise of a mighty life.

All those headfirst dives into the lightness of our world,
Brimming with nothing but possibility.

Where do all those possibilities and all that promise go,
when the babies are no more? I asked.

Angels sped by on motorbikes
and as quickly forgotten.

Last night, I ran into the Virgin Mary in Mexico City.
She was standing in an alcove at Casa Azul.
Got a smoke for an old pal?
She asked.

Couple of mothers, aren’t we?
Just look at us,
still breathing strong,
when we swore there wasn’t a chance.

Pink Cardigan

Reaching for a coat.
Her pink cardigan pleads
“Take me”


No Gloves

All winter they walked
Hand in hand
At last, no gloves


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L.A. native and creative omnivore Marina Muhlfriedel’s professional life was launched by simultaneously serving as the entertainment editor for ‘TEEN Magazine, and as a keyboard player in the early female punk band, Backstage Pass. Her next band, Vivabeat, was signed by Peter Gabriel, and she toured and recorded with the group for several years. After music, she spent the majority of her career working as a producer in Hollywood and as a screenwriter and journalist. Currently a content marketing strategist for Harman International and Chief Operating Bitch for Bitchfix Chocolate, Muhlfriedel also is an accomplished poet, whose haiku were selected to grace the streets of Washington, D.C. She recently completed her first novel.