we will walk by

you keep talkin

that English

and shell keep walking

past you in Spanish

like these word puzzles

mean anything I the rain anyway

like you can even hear

the broken lines

of two colonial languages

from that high seat

you keep talking

in English

she’ll make tamales

and offer them by the roadside

like you would know

how to eat our culture

without swallowing it whole

like you could even taste

or name the peppers anyway

you keep talking that English

she’ll keep her own religion

all the way

cards, candles, incense

prayers thrown on stones

that separates us from the dirt

like you weren’t the cause

of her desecration

like you weren’t doing

it with purpose anyway

you keep talking that English

she’ll keep her kids home

when she can

learn in the woods for a day

learn from the roots,

the translucent leaves

like you wouldn’t send

them to jail anyway

like you don’t

just chop all our forests down

you keep talkin that English

she’ll keep her shoes

off in the house

garlic braded

in the kitchen

habaneros singing

on the comal

you keep talkin that English

we will walk by

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