Las Flores, Tamaulipas, Mexico

Here the monsters sit on dusty
Shelves. No sinister silhouettes
Prowl street corners. No suspicious-
Looking black SUVS crawl along
The busy main strip. No high-pitched
Screams for help rise above the
Musical cacophony.

“Gracias a dios que aquí no hay
Violencia”. An elderly store owner
Says the words in a quick whisper.
Shhh …She doesn’t want to awaken
The monsters.

Out there, it’s a chilly, grey Saturday
Afternoon. Sidewalks on either
Side teem with Winter Texans.
Some of them shop, some drink,
Taking long swigs of beer from bottles
Or styrofoam cups. Others sit atop Harley
Motorcycles, adding their own brand
Of noise to the rest of Progreso’s tourist
Weekend symphony.

It is an endless fiesta in a town seemingly
Untouched by carteles. Gracias a dios.
The monsters sit atop those dusty shelves
And off the streets, for now.

Julieta Corpus

Author: Julieta Corpus

Julieta Corpus has been writing since the age of eleven. She graduated from UTPA with a Bachelors Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. She’s been an elementary school teacher for the past eleven years, but has never stopped writing. She’s been published by UTPA”s Gallery Magazine, Tendiendo Puentes, a poetic anthology, Mesqite Review, STCC’s Interstice and Tierra Firme , and in the September 2009 issue of the Mcallen Monitor’s Festiva, Writers Edition. She also organizes poetry readings and is an active member and participant of the Rio Grande Valley Poetry Festival and the San Benito Writers forum. Julieta blames her penchant for the dramatic in her poetry to a life long addiction to Mexican soap operas. And she is a regular contributor to Writers of the Rio Grande

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