Pedigree is a marvel to behold

Let me have it right quick

And I’ll be most tender in my heart

That’s when I will soften

And cease to flex

The beating loosens a bit

As if effort is not necessary

Blood need not flow

There’s not much oxygen to process

In that upper atmosphere




Smiles wrinkled on our faces

Yes, it’s been that way for quite some time

They don’t waiver

To the current conditions

Smiles are earth

Moist with rain

Sparring with the wind

To stay in place


And they remember our cadence

Wrinkles guide them back

When we bruise each other





I would soothe myself
With the frosting of a sweet word
As I gave it to you
And its splendor would carry us to sleep
And that was enough
But people are louder now.

I would celebrate your smile
And the canopy it raised
To protect us from the sun
And the heat of contempt
And that would carry us to sunset
But people are louder now.

But the smallest pleasures are stale
And the peace we knew, deleted
Here depleted by stones the others threw
And this is where we stand
Our heads in the fucking sand
Because people are louder now.


Be there instead.

There is a yearning to be closer
And to sing praises of those days
When we sat in the room, all of us
Corazon Salvaje wailing melodrama
Rattly headphones let us in on the show
The fog of an overworked estufa
Carne con chile acercando las ocho
One caught in the tangles of her hair
The other one high heeling the place
Desires a career impersonating Selena
Neither buried nor above ground
We spent few moments at peace
Afternoons either bright or pale
Before the oldest found her apron by the stairs
And the youngest found her busted carriola
And the one in the middle just sat in the room
Crouched at the behest of pen and paper
Sat in the heat of prayer and heresy
A shortage of hearth there
But never short on warmth
No shortness of color when the wind kept us inside
Respite is all we asked for
This is what I miss
Still and always miss