I quietly strolled through the mountain greens of Jalisco
the soft leaves grazing my face pleading to stay a while longer.
begging for a sip of green card juice, so that the seeds can return with me.
As I arrived in San Diego
I dropped a napkin and,
Gravity did its part,
it fell with such grace
dancing like a broken leaf in autumn’s fall.
On an October 13th morning
I picked her up on that dry Santa Ana windy day
the first image I had was an old picture that
resonated from my past 22 years.
A welcoming glare wrapped in a blanket
her hazel eyes managed to puncture my heart
like the teeth of a lioness
I told her that I’d be her role model, that I’d keep her warm
And, she said to me
father there is no need to, I am a soothing sauna.
I took a deep breath and laid her in the crib.
It’ll keep her warm through the midterms.