There are roof dogs in San Miguel de Allende
whose feet never touch the earth.
I walk past them every day, navigating
slick cobblestones to the café where we meet
to eat fly-kissed guacamole and greasy
tortilla chips, sip Coca-Cola from warm bottles.
In the street, vendors hawk roses and cacahuates.
A boy with a twisted foot and dim eyes
slumps on the curb outside the café
next to a stack of newspapers, glowering
at anyone who looks his way. We wonder
who looks after him. Every day we put
pesos in his cup, take a newspaper
to read to each other in bed.
Sometimes you buy me roses
with tiny thorns.

 Sarah Wolbach
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