Why I Don’t Speak Spanish


Mexico does not inspire
The poetry in me
I imagined
It laughs at my advances
It is insistent
Use my language, not the tongue
cut from conquerors,(like the feet of our gods)

It purrs in the garbage
and flowers, upon burros
snapping Chiclets
whimpers among the starving
dogs, patrolling ruins
catches on razor wire,
bangs, beds down in mattress
skeleton houses,
barks graffiti, hacks up wood smoke,
hisses on comals
stews in cazelas

Holds it tongue

Under aprons it
(I pray)
lays in wait

© 2013 Abby Smith, Writer

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About vsvevg

Hello, I'm Abby Smith. I started this blog in 2010 to write about the pursuit of a self-sustainable life in rural Mexico. In 2015, my then-husband and I moved to Nicaragua, where we created a successful farm-to-table and in-house charcuterie program for a high-end beach resort. In 2022, with mad butchery and cheese-making skills under my belt, I started a sustainable food systems consulting business. Happily, I also have more time for my first love-- writing about food and the complexities of the simple life.

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