Silver braces marked with red hearts.
Her fifteen-mile commute from her South Texas border home,
North to many acres and ten dogs,
Some mild, some fierce
Clean their pens, walk them, feed and water them,
Brush them, pamper them.
So easy, then fifteen miles back,
Twice a week, and more when summer settles ….
That smile, the decorated braces ….
What can be difficult?
After living halfway between Matamoros and Victoria, Tamaulipas,
In Mexico’s blood-spilled northeast,
South Texas’ groomed dogs, even when bravo,
Are worth many smiles ….