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< summer love in spanish > by Ray Heinrich
published in Volume 3, Issue 3 on July 8th, 1996

on the beach
in mexico
the heat of the sun
is too much
and i lie in the shade
of an old soft drink stand
not a popular beach
so close to the power plant
but close
to my dad's office
i'm here
visiting him
my terrible spanish
getting a little better
walking the streets
just looking
reading the signs
ordering pan dulce
it's so cheap
and every bun of this sweet bread
is beautiful
so every morning i go and buy a bag of it
and eat it the rest of the day
carrying it through the streets
looking at the signs
trying to read them with my dictionary
writing letters to my mom
never mentioning you

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