Ni Te Cases, Ni Te Embarques

You left your hat on my bed
I wanted to tell you there are flowers
growing out of my head
You said the price of gas has gone up
I wanted to tell you there is a cricket
in my ear rubbing its feet
You said there is a war
I wanted to tell you there are ladybugs
making a nest in my vagina
It is Tuesday
ni te cases, ni te embarques
Tia Nena is at the kitchen table
Her wrists have scar tissue
My mother is throwing the tarot cards
My father is smoking a cigar watching
La Lucha Libre
You are in Vietnam
I am 12 years old
I am listening to the Beatles from my room
My sister is combing her wavy hair
My grandmother is drinking two fingers
of Chivas on the rocks and kissing
la Caridad del Cobre
I am thinking of you in Viet Nam
I don’t know your name
You left your hat on my bed
I wanted to tell you
there are mushrooms sprouting from my toes
You said you were going to mow the lawn
I wanted to tell you
there is a foot of snow outside of Miami in the summer
Don’t you know that you don’t place
your purse on the floor unless you
want to lose all your money
Don’t you know you don’t place
a hat on a bed without someone dying
Don’t you know there are bees making a honeycomb
inside the sockets of my eyes

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