Buen Esqueleto

Natalie Scenters-Zapico

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Life is short & I tell this to mis hijas.

Life is short & I show them how to talk

to police without opening the door, how

to leave the social security number blank

on the exam, I tell this to mis hijas.

This world tells them I hate you every day

& I don't keep this from mis hijas

because of the bus driver who kicks them out

onto the street for fare evasion. Because I love

mis hijas, I keep them from men who'd knock

their heads together just to hear the chime.

Life is short & the world is terrible. I know

no kind strangers in this country who aren't

sisters a desert away & I don't keep this

from mis hijas. It's not my job to sell

them the world, but to keep them safe

in case I get deported. Our first

landlord said with a bucket of bleach

the mold would come right off. He shook

mis hijas, said they had good bones

for hard work. Mi'jas, could we make this place

beautiful? I tried to make this place beautiful.

Natalie Scenters-Zapico, "Lima Limón:: Madurez" from Lima :: Limón. Copyright © 2019 by Natalie Scenters-Zapico. Reprinted by permission of the publisher.
Source: Lima :: Limón (Copper Canyon Press, 2019)